Copic (コピック Kopikku?) is a brand of marker pen made in Japan by Too and distributed in the United States and Canada by Imagination International. The markers are available in 358 colors and are refillable. The inks used to refill the markers can be mixed to create new colors, and empty markers are sold for this purpose. There is also an airbrush system available.
Copic markers have two tips to cover a wide range of uses; a chisel-style tip at one end and a brush tip at the other. There is also a round tip available. The markers utilize permanent, non-toxic, alcohol-based ink. The markers are also available in a wide style that can easily cover large areas.
There are six different types of Copic markers, six (Original, Sketch, Wide, Ciao, Comic and 25th Anniversary) of which use the same ink.
Copic Original markers are available in 214 different colors. They are shaped like a square and have replaceable nibs and ink. These have one fine tip side and one broad chisel tip side. Both caps are numbered.
Copic Sketch markers are available in all 358 colors. The marker barrel is shaped like an oval. These have one brush tip and one medium Chisel tip. The chisel tip is smaller than the chisel tip on the original marker. The brush tip is a 'super' brush and is firmer than the brush tip on the Ciao markers. They have replaceable nibs and ink.
Copic Wide markers are mainly used to color large areas with consistency and without streaking the colors. They are thicker and bigger than the Copic Sketch and Copic Original. These have a wide chisel tip. Copic Wides are only available in 36 colors. Copic Wides have refillable ink and replaceable nibs.
Copic Ciao markers are thin, with replaceable nibs and refillable ink. Copic Ciao markers are available in 180 colors. Like all Copic markers, they have two ends, a brush tip and a medium chisel tips. The brush tip is softer than the 'super-brush tip' on the Sketch markers. They also hold less ink.
Copic Comic markers are available in 72 colors. The barrel is oval and is compatible with the Copic Air-brushing system. Copic Comic has a Super Brush nib and a medium round nib instead of a medium broad. This marker has replacement ink and nibs, however, the ink colors are not all the same as the colors on Original, Sketch, Wide or Ciao.
Sketch 25th Anniversary
Copic Sketch 25th Anniversary markers are available in 36 colors, with a Black Oval barrel like the Sketch. They have one brush tip and a small pointed bullet tip. The 25th Anniversary markers are also refillable and have exchangeable nibs, however cannot work with the Copic airbrush system without replacing a nib for a chisel nib. They are limited edition with only 3,000 sets produced.
The Multiliner series includes technical fineliner pens aimed at graphical design, but can also be used for writing. They are comparable to the pigmentliner series by Staedtler. They are available in two series, a disposable, plastic normal version, and a higher quality SP series. The SP series features an aluminum body, replaceable nibs, and can be refilled.
The airbrush system uses disposable cans of compressed air, or air from a compressor to spray ink from Copic markers onto a surface. It works with Copic Original and Sketch markers. The airbrush system is used by fitting a marker into a compartment. This airbrush system can be used for coloring, backgrounds, and other uses.
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