color explodes on first uses, as good as copics, lack of pale colors
November 25, 2019
so ive been using copics for nearly 6 years now, and i have gotten used to the high standard quality of copics. but when my friend told me about these, i thought, why not? so they arrived, i was a bit reluctant about the lack of pastel and pale colors, and the amount of vivid, dark colors. i made do, and attempted a drawing. now, i do architecture, and not character design, so the lack of earthy, gray, and muted tones was a little worrying, but in the end these are awesome. and while i was trying these out on my artwork, i opened a gray color, warm gray 1, and it just splashed ink all over the paper, my arms, and the table. it left an alcohol stench in my room for a while, and i still smell it now as i write this. for the price though, cant complain. I do wish there was less dark tones, and more pale colors. and the blending on these are dreamy. these literally blend easier than copics, but the nibs do feel stiffer than copics, the entire copic brush nib can bend, while on these, only the tip really bends around, while in order for the rest to bend, you need to put in some effort, without destroying the nib. my markers also came coated in some greasy spray, which was horrifying, but after a few washes, it was all good. the spray didnt smell weird, but it certainly affected my first impressions. but first impressions arent always the most important, after a couple hours, i got used to the feel, and it was awesome. i dont look at copics the same, as high end, quality markers, because these are just as good if not better. definitely going on the marker shelf, with the copics. one thing i did notice also were that these bleed a TON, the inkflow is massive, so when you dont expect it, it just soaks into the paper and spreads out. But overall, these are a fun thing to use, and it gives you a copic effect. copic does have more realistic tones, and lighter colors for me to use in architectural drawings, but these are good if you are going for a cartoony, manga, or comic look. but with these 48 colors, you cant do much realistic stuff.