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October 23, 2012


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Hey guys. I figured I'd go ahead and do a FAQ journal entry. Just a basic list of the tools I'm currently using for my marker work. I have a new tutorial for my markers that I'll post when I'm able to share the art I used for the progress shots. Feel free to fire away with any questions and hopefully, this can be a go to guide for basic info on my tools. I'm not going to talk about oil painting materials as I'm still figuring all that out and I doubt an answer I give today will hold up in the future.

Ok Here goes...

Markers: Prismacolor Cool and French grey markers. I think "Copic" has become another word for "marker" these days, so it's assumed that I'm using Copics for all of my work, but I actually use Prismacolor for all of my figures and detail work and only use Copic markers for backgrounds. I use to use "Warm" greys but I like the sepia look of French more now. I also occasionally use Copic color markers when I'm doing a full color marker piece. Why do I like Prismacolor markers? I think I've just always useed them and now it's what I'm comfortable with. I like the flexibility of the wide tip and I like the look of their inks when they dry.

PAPER: Strathmore 300 series Vellum finish Bristol board. I buy the 19 by 24 pads and just cut them in half for my 11 by 17 work. I used "Smooth" bristol for years, but eventually decided on vellum fora  couple reasons. One, it bleeds more which I actually prefer when working with marker. It makes blending easier. Two, it's easier to paint on. The rough texture grabs the paint nicely and holds water well.

Paint: Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleedproof White. I use this because it was the first one I bought and it seemed to work ok. I haven't experimented with different paints and I probably should, but for the most part, this paint has done well for me. It's a liquid watercolor paint that comes in a little jar. Gives you a nice opaque straight out of the jar and nice washes when you dilute it.

Brushes: Windsor and Newton Series 7 #2. Classic comic inking brush. I use it because it holds a nice point and seems to be durable. I haven't experimented much with brushes either as this was one of the first I tried and was happy with it.

Pens: Sakura Pigma Microns. Again, I've used them forever, so it's what I know. They're not great at....anything TBH, but I've used them for 20 years..give or take and I'll probably use them another 20.

That's about it. I hope this helps and if not, ask your questions here and I'll try to answer.

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ArtisticAkuma Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hey Christopher, I wanted to hear your opinion on the coloring process I wanted to use for my comic that Im coming up with. See I would rather use prismacolor/ Letraset markers than use digital coloring but Im wondering would that be too time consuming? I willing to put in the effort if it is.
MrCHavoc Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so glad you posted this! Can't wait to see the tutorial!
I do have a question tho... What color shades of red do you use in your Deadpool and Thor pieces and so you use the Copic blending makers?
Thank you for the great work! It's always a treat when you post!
JFKART Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I honestly cant wait to see the tutorial, I liked the last one you did on hulk. I am not a " fan " of others artist I have my likes but I really am a fan this style its completly original and it looks amazing! keep up the great work you are truly talented.
silvertales Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Thanks for sharing! It's always interesting (I think) to see what materials artists prefer to use for personal works, and why.

I hadn't thought of trying French grays for a warmer-than-warm-grays tone.... to be honest, I've never even picked up the French grays, just stuck to warm and cool. I'll have to give them a spin.
Chialupa Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student
thank you for sharing!!
Selkirk Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
cool notes here bro :horns:...and thanks for posting. just out of curiosity what do you luse to lay out the pieces? pencils(if so which kind :eager:...:D) or do you work digital and then print it on bristol?
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Thanks. Nah, just an old fashion mechanical pencil for the drawing.
Zach-Starker Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
How often are you buying new markers? I found that I would just use up a prisma marker on one drawing. I do like the application of prismamarkers, and have enjoyed using them on that slick marker paper. I have recently gone to copics though as all my prismas dried up and I just don't want to keep buying new markers.
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
I don't buy them often, but when I do I buy a bunch. 6 or 7 of each shade. That usually lasts me a decent amount if time. If it's a medium you want to use, you just have to spend the money. Using a combination of the two can make them last a bit longer.
Fgore Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for sharing!
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