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Manga Artists Copic Marker Coloring Techniques

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As fun and colourful as Manga comics themselves this is an extremely comprehensive guide to colouring, from how to identify colours on different papers, blending colours and other important techniques for developing your art. 

With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Thank you NetGalley and Zakka Workshop for giving access to this book, which I requested on behalf of my teenage daughter.  She tells me it greatly added to her knowledge (she usually watches YouTube pieces) and she particularly liked how the information was broken down in to easy-to-follow steps.  She highly recommends!
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This is a comprehensive book on Copics. Beginners will find it a treasure trove and even intermediate and advanced Copic artists will likely find nuggets of useful info they didnโ€™t know before. It covers everything from the basics, like how the somewhat unintuitive Copic Marker Colour System actually works, to more advanced colouring techniques, including how to tackle individual subjects like skin, hair, clothes, skies, and water. Iโ€™d recommend it to anyone who uses or wants to use Copics, especially those with an interest in Manga.
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I'd never heard of Copic Markers before I saw this book on offer for reviewing, so naturally I snapped it up and read with interest. I do not consider myself an artist - an amateur cartoonist at best, is what I am, but I'm very interested in the art-making process and I've reviewed numerous books on the topic. I try to learn at least a little from each one, and was pleased to learn something new from this one.

This is a well-written book with copious illustrations showing the materials being discussed and the techniques used to achieve effects. There is a brief Q&A at the end, and FAQ. A lot of the illustrations are from work done by the talented and dedicated artists credited with creating this book, and some of those are really quite stunning. The techniques used, even down to the specific pens, to create the art are gone into in some detail.

To my knowledge this book is not sponsored by Copic, so I had to wonder on more than one occasion why alternative tools got no mention. Not everyone has two hundred bucks to blow on a set of pens! A single marker and a refill of ink for it (so there is that) can cost ten dollars. In that way, it's possible to build up a collection over time on a sort of 'installment plan', and Copic are evidently quality pens and rank right up there, if not at the top, but they are very expensive and a big investment for a 'struggling artist' to take on. This needs to be kept in mind. There are cheaper alternatives which may or may not perform as well. I've never used a Copic, so I cannot comment on that score, which is why it would have been nice to have heard from the professionals about alternatives and the pros and cons of those versus Copics.

That said, I was impressed by how well written, useful, and informative this book was, and I commend it as a worthy read.
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This is a really helpful book for anyone wanting to learn about using copic markers effectively. The instructions are clear and informative with helpful images to assist putting the advice into practice.
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I have wanted to learn how to copic color for awhile now and this book provided excellent and detailed instructions (also with color photos for demonstration purposes).  Reading this book made me feel like I could finally attempt these techniques.  Thank you to Netgalley for this free ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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๐Œ๐ˆ๐๐ˆ ๐€๐‘๐‚ ๐‘๐„๐•๐ˆ๐„๐–
๐“๐ข๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž: Manga Artists Copic Marker Coloring Techniques
๐€๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ: SHIN; Maripori; Yue; Junko Kitamura; Suzu Kawana; Ramiru Kirisaki
๐†๐ž๐ง๐ซ๐ž: Arts & Photography
๐‘๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ : โ˜… โ˜… โ˜… โ˜… โ˜†

๐†๐”๐’๐‡:
โ€ข A comprehensive read with useful tips with actionable steps to improve and build techniques
โ€ข I liked how this book was written by professional manga artists
โ€ข Covers techniques such as blending, mixing, and layering

๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค:
โ€ข if you want to improve or build your art technique, I recommend this read
โ€ข perfect for beginners and advances learners

๐‘๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ: artists, those who want to build and improve their technique (with Copic), fans of manga-style art (and even if you're not wanting to draw manga-style art, this is still a handy resource)

Thank you to @NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ๐Œ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ง ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐›๐ฅ๐จ๐ : ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ฌ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ฃ๐จ๐ฒ.๐œ๐จ๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ง ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐›๐ฅ๐จ๐  ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐๐š๐ญ๐ž.
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Really great explanations of how to use Copic markers and how to blend and mix them.  Then the book goes through a lot of different projects you can do.  Like how to color eyes, hair, lips, and even sweat and tears.  Very detailed!  It also walks you through things like processing photos to create line drawings to create backgrounds for manga characters.  Very cool!  I don't do manga drawings, but I have alcohol markers, so will definitely try out some of these techniques.
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Contents:
This book contains many practical tips and tricks about using comic markers. First, basic techniques are explained, which are then supported with many practical examples. Different artists and their way of painting are presented. Everything in step by step instructions to try out directly.

Opinion:
This book is actually worth every penny. I did not expect such a comprehensive and detailed book. Then there are just incredibly many tips, great illustrations, quite a lot of notes on what to look out for. I am really very enthusiastic. A great book with an incredible amount of content.

Conclusion:
A surprisingly beautiful book, where you really learn a lot. Therefore, I give it a really good 5 out of 5 stars. A very clear recommendation - that's exactly how it should be!
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I love the instructional aspect of this book. It really taught me a lot. I will definitely go back over and over to brush up on my technique.
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Tolles Buch mit vielen Beispielen und Tipps wie man mit Copic Markern (oder anderen Markern auf Alkoholbasis) Mangas zeichnen und ausmalen kann, wie man sie verblendet und den Bildern den letzten Schliff gibt. Es sind genug Beispiele dabei um sich selbst direkt ranzusetzen. Dazu gibt es Informationen rund um die Materialien.
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Great book! It teaches step by step how to color mangas using Copic markets. The book is very informative and colorful and it has lots of pictures. It's easy to follow and I can't wait to start coloring my own pictures at home. I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review
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This is an absolutely astounding guide to coloring with copic markers, not just for manga artists but for any. It is filled with photos and instructions with individual projects galore and extremely helpful information. The colors are given by copic numbers since that's the purpose of the book, but I imagine you could find a chart somewhere to tell you what colors they'd be in other brands or you can figure it out. I loved the step by step illustrations of how to color everything from sapphires to grapes to make them look beautiful and realistic. Highly recommended.

I read a temporary digital arc of this book for review.
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Im relatively new to copics but have used other brands for several years. Mainly Pro markers. I know a bit about alcohol marker colouring, this book touched on the basics but it also gave me a lot of new ideas and tips for my copic pens. I also liked the fact that there was information on digital colouring in the book as well. I am new to that and found the information interesting and informative.  
The tips and tutorials are well executed, and the photography was superb. Although for copics you could get the book and convert to other pen brands as there are lots of conversion charts online to help with this. 
Its an enjoyable book and one I would pick up repeatedly. 
Thank You to Netgalley and Zacca Workshop for the ARC Copy of the book. My review is my own opinion.
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Everything you would ever need or want to know about coloring with Copic Markers is in this book.  Everything from shading to correcting mistakes is given a walkthrough.
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First a confession: Iโ€™m a Promarkers girl rather than Copics, but the two are similar enough that I could still get a lot from this book. About the only thing that wasnโ€™t transferable were the colour codes in the examples โ€“ and that is a little bit of a shame, as there are loads of great examples of colours that either go well together (including gradients) or contrast nicely. There are also several examples throughout of finished pieces and step-by-step walk throughs to achieving them.

Copics (like Promarkers) are alcohol ink pens available in a huge range of colours. I love the intensity you can get, but also subtlety and shading. However, after many years of not using them, Iโ€™d grown quite rusty. My first experiment came with a panic: is it dark to light when youโ€™re shading, or light to dark?! (top tip: itโ€™s the former ;)).

This book contains material for complete beginners through to more seasoned amateurs. It covers all the basic techniques, from choosing papers and nibs, blending and mixing colours, basic colour theory โ€“ which I thought I was well versed in, but the comparison of RBG and CMYK taught me something new! โ€“ and shading. Thereโ€™s also a really good explanation of how to โ€˜readโ€™ the Copic colour codes: letter family, intensity, then value.

I really wasnโ€™t expecting to find tips about digital art, but thereโ€™s a fair bit throughout the book. I suppose this is the modern age: while a work might start on paper, digitising it makes a lot of sense! Or conversely, starting with a digital image โ€“ scans of your own drawings or otherwise โ€“ and printing those to colour. Definitely an added benefit to the book.

Once the basics are out of the way, we get specific tips for colouring skin, hair, clothing/material, backgrounds, nature, and more. Skin tones always seem challenging, so that was particularly useful, as were the tips for colouring liquids and more translucent materials.

The book finishes with sections on correcting mistakes, growing your skill level, and some Q&As.

Overall, I thought this book did a good job in covering the basics and moving on to some more exciting tips and walk-throughs. Itโ€™s quite daunting picking up a new medium, like alcohol ink pens, and sometimes the techniques go counter to things you may have learned with other media. So itโ€™s really useful having a guide like this, particularly when it breaks things down step by step.

Not all of the material felt completely relevant to me, but there was more than enough here to make it worthwhile, and among all the things covered thereโ€™s bound to be something for every artist.
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I've just gotten into alcohol markers (though I haven't bought my first Copic yet) and I hoped this book would give some tips and insights into how best to use them. And it did - but its usefulness was somewhat lessened (for me) because each color was referred to only with the Copic numbering system.

It would have been easy to make it accessible to those who don't have those specific colors by saying something like: "Use copic #xxxx or your lightest warm gray" rather than simply "use copic #xxxx."

And yes, I get that Copic is in the title, but still.

I loved the illustrations showing different styles and techniques, and I definitely learned some tips I will be trying out immediately.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Zakka Workshop for providing an e-arc for review.
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I am still new to Copic markers so this book was super helpful for me! It has sections on coloring faces, clothes, accessories, nature, and backgrounds. There are also tips throughout the book on how to use Copic markers most effectively as well as how to get the most out of your Copic markers. The only thing I didn't find particularly useful is the analog to digital sections as I'm a strictly paper gal. I can't wait to try some of the techniques in this book. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this ARC.
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5 stars, Interesting methods

MANGA ARTISTS COPIC MARKER COLORING TECHNIQUES
by Shin, Maripori, Yue, Junko Kitamura, Suzu Kawana, Ramiru Kirisaki

I had never heard of Copic markers, before selecting this book as an ARC.  Turns out they are very fancy and exceptional markers that many Manga artists use to color their artwork.  I am not at all interested in Manga art.  I am on the other hand, interested in art techniques.  I am not an artist but am interested in learning all I can about art techniques.

This book takes you on a journey through Manga art, to show you how to color hair, skin, and objects.  Highly recommended.

Thankfully, I was selected by #netgalley for this complimentary copy of #mangaartistscopicmarkercoloringtechniques by #shin I was under no obligation to post a review.
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Before reading this book I knew nothing about Copic Marker but they can be found on  e-commerce sites like Aliexpress or Wish.

And now a completely new world of coloring techniques is in my pocket.

The book was written by professional manga artists who teach all the tricks of the trade, starting from basic techniques, including blending, mixing, and layering color up to create texture when coloring skin, hair, clothing, and scenery and how to fix mistakes!

For each paint  you can find the list of color used and a detailed step-by-step instructions with related images.
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