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An Artist's Insight: Airbrushing with Copic markers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Gleeson   
Friday, 24 August 2012 10:36


Copic markers are useful detailing tools for bear artists.
With a special attachment and cans of compressed air, you can airbrush with Copics.
A Copic market set up for airbrushing.
You can get ink and pen nib refills for your favorite Copic markers.
Copics are available in a wide range of colors.
Copic markers are useful detailing tools for bear artists.
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Copic markers are a great brand of marker for bear artists. These markers come in many colors and are available with a brush tip, a double ended fine tip, and a broad tip which is suitable for airbrushing. In addition to a wide range of colors, you can also get a Copic blender, which allows you to blend the colors of other markers.


The broad-tip markers can be used with an airbrush adaptor that’s attached to a can of compressed air. It’s as simple as sliding the pen into the adaptor, connecting the air, and pressing the button on top. Air rushes past the tip of the pen, carrying a fine spray of color with it. The closer you hold the pen to your bear, the darker the color spray.  This is great for detailing paw pads and shading under the eyes.


A wonderful color to use for this is Copic’s dark bark. It is not as stark as black, and it will blend with nearly every shade. You can buy refills for your favorite colors, as well as replacement nibs, which come in handy when the blender tips get too grubby.


Keep your scraps of fur handy to practice your airbrushing skills before you go to work on a bear. Try pinning several scraps onto a piece of fruit, like an orange, then add a pair of test eyes and airbrush to your heart’s content. If you decide airbrushing is for you, you can purchase an air compressor rather than having to keep buying cans of air. But the cans are convenient and a great way to give it a try.


Australian bear artist Helen Gleeson runs Bare Cub Designs, where she offers her own creations as well as patterns and bear-making tutorials. She also runs the website Easy Artspace, which aims to help artists start their own businesses. E-mail your questions and topic suggestions for this blog to her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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