Markers - copic, tria, pantone etc. they all take a little getting used to. Which is why I start back with the basic - neutral grey tones rendered as layers. Now, people do use markers differently, and you'll find that some ways make the image look quickly done but ultra slick, whilst some look more illustrative and textured. I prefer the illustrative textured look, which I use, however both take skill and patience.
Tips when using Markers - decide whether you're going to go the warm greys or the cool greys, which do give you an entirely different feel. Also, decide whether you want to use pen line work or pencil. I am not a big fan of the black line work at the beginning of the drawing, so I stick with pencil. Once the marker goes over the pencil, be aware that it's then permanent.
Use the correct bank paper - other papers will either bleed, or waste the marker ink (specifically porous papers).
Keep all your old markers - they're refillable (most of the time) and the dried out ones can be used to achieve a different texture...
Work quickly for good blending - I often work with five markers, and starting with the light, I will work with two light colour markers and then wait, let the paper dry and then continue. Good markers will blend well, unless they're dry. But if you want multiple layers to be clear over each other, you need to let the paper dry first... so work quickly for blending, allow the paper to dry for clearer texture change.
Above is an example of how to blend... this example has NG10 (lightest neutral grey I use) and NG08... This is a great way to build up texture.
Markers rely on quick rendering and patience. No ctrl+Z, however don't be afraid to photocopy your image and then continue to work on the photocopy. I used mixed media and really changed the texture and overall look of the Northern Pike by adding whites (water soluble) or gel pens, additional graphite and markers. Then adding an overall colour change on the scanned image in photoshop - all mixed media should not remove from the viewer what they're looking at, unless this is done on purpose. I.E - don't over do it.
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