Many people ask me what I use when I create my sketch cards and are often surprised to hear me answer that I use Copic markers and that my cards haven't been completely painted.
I am a mixed media artist. That seems to be a requirement for an artist on a deadline. The artist on a deadline requires quick drying media if they are going to meet a deadline looming a few short weeks or days down the road.
I adapted Copic markers after seeing how many other sketch card artists were using them to reproduce watercolor and airbrush style blends. I was completely sold by the refillable ink and replaceable nibs. I couldn't see myself saturating the surface of a piece of art to perform a blend and expect to have that marker for very much longer.
A local art dealer in Jackson Heights, Queens, showed me how you could touch Copic marker tips together and perform all sorts of wonderful tricks and BAM! I had to own them! It's now 2014 and I still have many of the same marker bodies that I started out with so long ago.
The question of price always comes up and my answer is that the refills always pay for the initial marker. You'll have that same marker in your possession long after you've gone through many refill bottles and nibs.
I love them. I love the smell, the blends, the color selection and most of all, I love making my customers happy.
And there you go. One day, I'll post a blog demonstrating my magic tricks. In the meantime, go check out my Deviantart gallery- pour yourself some coffee first, though. I promise you'll be there for a while! www.ahochrein2010.deviantart.com