Search
Filters
Close
RSS

Blog

Copic Ambassador Program

 

The aim of the Copic Ambassador program is to feature talented Australian and NZ Copic users from various industries (ie. Fashion, design, illustration, papercraft etc.) We are excited to announce that we will have a new team for the second half of 2017, to give another group of passionate Copic artists the opportunity to share their work with the Australian and New Zealand Copic Community.

 

We are looking for artists who:

• Demonstrate a variety of creative talent and inspirational projects
• Artists who are already using and committed to The Copic Brand
• Use Copic and affiliated products in their everyday work (showing finished work but also product images eg. product in use)
• Regularly engage on social media platforms including Instagram, facebook and Youtube
• Use of short videos clips (showcasing our products in use to create art) is an advantage

If you love sharing your passion for Copic on social media, then we want to hear from you! To register your interest in becoming an ambassador, click here.

  

2017 Copic Ambassadors

We’ve been blown away by our latest group of Australian Copic Ambassadors. Click on their photos to view their Instagram pages and stay tuned for a call out for our next group in the coming weeks!

 

 

Andy Hoven - Melbourne, Australia

When did you first start using Copic?
I started collecting Copic Markers in 2004, buying three at a time from my local artist supply store. My very first colours were YR04, E11 and C7. Since then, I’ve only fallen more in love with the brand, and have built up a solid collection.

Where do you Copic? 
Everywhere. At home, I use the Copic Sketch Markers to colour my illustrations, however, I always keep a small collection of Ciao Markers and Multiliners in my backpack so that I can sketch on the go. I never know when or where I’ll find inspiration, so it’s best to be prepared!

When you aren't Copic-ing, what do you do?
I work part-time for an Australian-owned fashion label, while taking freelance illustration jobs on the side. For my downtime, I love going out for brunch with friends, walking my dogs, reading graphic novels, and having movie nights.

 

 

Kat Young – Melbourne, Victoria

Why do you love Copic?
In my experience the products are always reliable, and they do exactly what I want and more, and they’re so much diversity to choose from. I also love that almost everything is refillable, that way I don’t have to stop in the middle of a creative moment and go out and buy a new pen when they run out, I just refill it and keep creating!

What are you favourite Copic products?
Of course I love my good ol’ Copic Sketch Markers, but recently I’ve developed an obsession with the Copic Multiliners (and the Multiliner SP’s) particularly the ‘wine’ colour *drools*

What is your favourite Copic Colour?
Oohhh, ‘Wine’ in the Multiliners for sure, but so hard to pick for the Markers, I have a few; RV95 (Baby Blossoms), E71 (Champagne), V25 (Pale Blackberry), and BV20 (Dull Lavender)  

 

 

Jack Grayson - Geelong, Victoria

Why do you love Copic?
I love Copic for so many reasons. The range of colours that they offer makes colouring easy, because if there’s something that you want to colour, it’s near guaranteed that there is a marker to do it with! Not only that, but the massive range makes them very collectable, and it’s always exciting to add some new colours to my collection every now and again. They’re refillable, so you don’t have to buy new ones every few weeks, and they look really nice displayed in their cases on my desk. They also colour in a really unique way with solid, vibrant colours that can blend together seamlessly and look amazing on the page.

What do you do if you are in a creative rut?
I draw! I find that there’s no better way to get out of a creative rut than by simply creating. Getting the juices flowing again can be as simple as sketching a couple of characters, so I just sit down and make stuff until I’m ready to dive in and get creative again.

What is your favourite Colour Combo?
My goodness there’s almost too many to choose from! I tend to work more with environments and shades, so I always love combining different tones of the same colour to create some depth. Reds like R35, R37, and R39 look fantastic when put together and a combination of YG91, YG93, YG95 and YG99 makes for a great Olive Green palate. In terms of a colour combo though, I love a combination of magenta and a golden yellow, RV19 and Y38 are perfect for this.

 

 

Erin Hunting - Melbourne, Victoria

When did you first start using Copic?
Way back in 2006 when I saw some folks playing with them online. I started off with some simple shading before I quickly found my confidence to go full colour. I still remember that exciting feeling of seeing my work in colour since my work was all pretty much black and white inks before then.

Why do you love Copic?
I have used many and varied markers and pens and I have found that Copic not only stock the very best colours within their marker range, they are also of the best and highest quality with both their markers and pens. I also like that Copic is constantly evolving and bringing out different and assorted art products too.

What do you if you are in a creative rut?
I will try loose sketching in my sketchbook and if that does not work I will most likely browse Instagram and Twitter for inspiration or my many art books that I have in my studio.

 

 

Dina Reymann - originally from Germany, now living in Hobart, Tasmania

How would you describe your artwork?
"My artwork style is a mix between comic and illustration. Some people call it cute! Which I think it is sometimes. I like to try different styles. Sometimes a mix between more realistic images and a tiny bit of comic style. Sometimes just cute and definitely not realistic."

What are you favourite Copic products?
Definitely Copic Sketch Markers! I love the brush tip and the design of the Sketch Marker.
They rest comfortably in the hand and they are available in ALL Copic colours. I also have a
few Copic Ciao Markers which I also really like too.

Where do you Copic?
Everywhere! On my bed, on the floor, when I am sitting on the couch, on my desk, on the
balcony, in the airplane, in a café, at the beach!

 

 

Andrew Cox – Perth, WA


What is your Favourite Copic product?
My favorite products are definitely Copic Classic and Sketch markers. I like having the option of 2 different size tips. X-press It blending card is a must to compliment the markers.

What is your favourite Copic Colour?
My Favorite Copic colour would have to be BG15 Aqua. It seems to be the color that goes with everything I draw. My favorite colour combo would have to be every bright colour I can get in to one drawing. Teal/aqua colours with a bright pink I find pretty cool for making a picture stand out.

What do you do when you are not Copic-ing?
When I'm not Copic-ing I like to get tattooed and meet tattooists, watch funny movies, play golf, kayak pretty much anything. If I'm in a creative rut, I usually like to watch something funny on Netflix, or some classic Simpsons. That always gets the ideas going!

Introducing New Sketch Nibs



2017 Australian Copic Ambassadors

We’ve blown away by all of the amazing Aussie artists who applied to join our team of Australian Copic Ambassadors. If you missed out on joining our team this time, don’t give up! Keep tagging and showing us what you are creating – we will have more call outs throughout 2017.

 

Without further ado- we are so excited to introduce you to our new team of Australian Copic Ambassadors.  Be sure to follow our amazing ambassadors on instagram, they’ve each got a Pack of Copic Markers and an X-Press It Blending Card Pad to give away! We look forward to sharing their creative projects with you and they all can’t wait to share their love of Copic! 

Our Team

Andrew Cox

 

Andy Hoven

 

Dina Reymann

 

Erin Hunting

 

Jack Grayson

 

Kat Young

 

 Stay tuned for a feature post on each artist over the coming weeks.

Which Copic Marker is right for you?

Copic is the worlds leading alcohol marker system. Used by professionals for graphic design, architecture, papercraft, fine art, brush lettering, journaling, illustration, manga & so much more. They are durable, refillable, and feature replaceable nibs, you only need to buy a Copic marker once.

 

• Oval shaped barrel
• Compatible with the Copic Airbrush System
• Available in all 358 colours
• Refillable – One bottle of Copic Various Ink will refill a Sketch Marker up to 12 times
• Available in sets
• Includes a Medium Broad nib and a Super Brush nib
3 nib options available
• Unique Super Brush nib delivers a wide range of marks and makes blending easy
• Commonly used for papercrafting, illustration, fashion design, interior design, manga, landscape architecture, mixed media, brush lettering and more!

 

• Square shaped barrel
• Compatible with the Copic Airbrush System
• Largest ink volume
• Available in 214 colours
• Refillable – One bottle of Copic Various Ink will refill a Classic Marker up to 9 times
• Available in sets
• Includes a Broad Chisel nib and a Fine Point nib
9 nib options available
• Enables bold strokes, quick coverage and the ability to work within detailed areas
• Most popular among product designers, graphic designers, industrial designers, comic Artists and architects


• Round shaped barrel
• Available in 180 colours
• Refillable – One bottle of Copic Various Ink will refill a Ciao Marker up to 15 times
• Includes a Medium Broad Chisel nib and a Super Brush nib
• 2 nib options available
• Child-safe caps featuring small air holes
• Available in sets
• Provides the same great quality and experience as Sketch, at a lower price point

Understanding The Copic Colour System

With 358 colours in the Copic colour range it is important to understand how the colours work together. Each colour has a unique code representing its family saturation and brightness. 

The colour code is broken into 3 seperate points of information:

Colour letter – Represents the colour family (eg BG = Blue Green)
1st digit – Saturation (amount of grey)
2nd digit – Brightness (how pale or dark the colour is)

 

Copic Colour Wheel

The Original Copic colour wheel is a great tool to use to find blending combinations; you can download it here.

Basic Blending

A good rule of thumb for basic blending is to choose colours from the same family with the same first number and the second number 2-4 digits apart. Eg. B02 + B04.

When you are confident working with basic blending combinations you can  extend the variety of colour by adding lighter and darker colours from the same band making your spectrum of colour B00, B02, B04, B06.

 

Adding more Grey

 

When you are confident with your blending, you can start adding more grey to your work, moving in and across each band of the wheel, this will increase the amount of grey in your colour range. Eg B00 + B12. You can then extend your colour range even further B00+B12+B23....

 

Copic Loves Your Sister

 

A few months ago we were touched by this photo posted on the Love Your Sister Facebook page. Its a photo of Connie from Love Your Sister, who is fighting her third battle with cancer. She has lovingly created colouring pages for her kids.

 

 What is Love Your Sister all about?

Sister/brother duo Connie and Sam (well known for riding across Australia on a unicycle and raising $1.5 million in the process) are on a mission to raise $10 million dollars for cancer research. You can learn more about their mission here.

How can you help?

Enter our #copiclovesyoursister competition! For each unique entry submitted Copic Australia will donate $1 to Love Your Sister.*
Create your own uplifting image or colour this image that Connie has created. You could also win a Copic prize pack valued at over $250!

 

Facebook- Post a photo of your entry with at least one Copic product, directly on our facebook wall include the hash tag #copiclovesyoursister within the comment of your post.

Instagram - Upload a photo of your entry with at least one Copic product, to your own Instagram account. Tag @copicmarkerau and include the hashtag #copiclovesyoursister. Please note that we can only accept entries posted on public profiles.

What’s The Prize?

1x 6 Piece Copic Skin Tone Sketch Set

1x 6 Piece Copic Perfect Primaries Sketch Set

1x 6 Piece Copic Floral Favourites Sketch Set

1x 6 Piece Copic Pale Pastel Sketch Set

1x NEW X-Press It A4 Blending Card Illustration Pad

THE FINE PRINT:
Entries will be judged based on creativity. Entries must be submitted by 11:59pm (AEST) on 30/10/16. The prize winner will be announced on The Copic Marker Australia Facebook and Instagram pages by 3/11/16. Entrants must respond via direct message by 18/11/16, otherwise the prize may be reallocated at the discretion of Copic Australia. All entrants must be Australian or New Zealand residents. Entrants under the age of 18, must have consent from a parent or legal guardian. Entrants may submit 2 entries, as long as each submission is original and unique. Images entered into the competition may be used for promotional purposes. Images may be used on product packaging with written approval of the artist. In this case, high resolution images or original artwork may be requested. This competition is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook or Instagram. 

 

Copic Artist of The Year Winners

We have been blown away by the amazing entries submitted in the Australian Copic Artist of The Year Competition.

Congratuations to the following Copic Artists:

 

THIRD PLACE - Levi Bell

 

SECOND PLACE - Brea Lanyon

 

FIRST PLACE - Lee Kimura

 

Congratulations to the very talented winners, please get in touch with us by direct message on Facebook or Instagram.

Keep an eye on out for a new competition next week, raising awareness for a very special cause.

Copic Artist of The Year

 

The search is on for the Australian/NZ Copic Artist of the year!  

There's over $1000 worth of Copic Up for grabs!

 

HOW TO ENTER:

Create an original project using Copic as the primary medium. Take a photo of your finished work of art making sure that you include at least one Copic product in your photo and upload it using one of the two methods –


Facebook- Post a photo of your artwork directly on our facebook wall (www.facebook.com/copicmarkeraustralia) include the hash tags #copic358 #mycopic and #copicmarkerau within the comment of your post.

Instagram - Upload a photo of your work to your own Instagram account.Tag @copicmarkerau and include the hashtags #copic358 #mycopic #copicmarkerau. Please note that we can only accept entries posted on public profiles.

THE PRIZES:

First Prize - $700(AUD) Worth of Copic Products* of winners Choice

Second Prize - $250(AUD) Worth of Copic Products* of winners Choice

Third Prize - $100(AUD) Worth of Copic Products* of winners Choice

 

THE FINE PRINT:

Entries will be judged based on creativity. Entries must be submitted by 11:59pm (AEST) on 28/9/16. The prize winner will be announced on The Copic Marker Australia Facebook and Instagram pages by 6/10/16. Entrants must respond via direct message by 18/10/16, otherwise the prize may be reallocated at the discretion of Copic Australia. All entrants must be Australian or New Zealand residents. Entrants under the age of 18, must have consent from a parent or legal guardian. Entrants may submit multiple entries as long as each submission is original and unique. Images entered into the competition may be used for promotional purposes. Images may be used on product packaging with written approval of the artist. In this case, high resolution images or original artwork may be requested. This competition is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook or Instagram. *value of product will be based on average retail product pricing.

Copic Poppy Canvas

Today I am using Copic Various Inks to colour an unusual material and create a unique and vibrant Copic coloured poppy canvas.  What's the unusual material? Soft drink cans.

 

Materials

 

Step 1: Using X-Press It Triple Tac Glue adhere the FabScraps papers onto the canvas, you may like to overlap the papers or add torn elements as was done here. Wait for the adhesive to dry and then lightly brush Chromacryl Gesso over the papers, use a baby wipe to rub back any areas that become too heavily covered or hard to see.

 

Step 2: Next use some heavy duty scissors to pierce the soft drink cans (any brand will work for this) and carefully cut off the top and bottom - don't bother trying to flatten the metal, it will curl right back up! Don't worry, once you cut random flower shapes from the metal the curling won't be an issue.  

 

Step 3: Depending on the size of your canvas you may need to cut out more or larger flower shapes. Lay the flowers on your canvas to confirm you have an appropriate number/size.

 

Step 4: Use something with a rounded end and something with a sharp end, flip the flowers over and create impressions in the metal to hint at petals and flower centres. Don't worry about being too precise, part of the charm is the rustic look.

 

Step 5: Next colour the flowers, you will need a selection of Copic Various Inks (BV04, V06, RV19 & YG07) and some Colorless Blender. Drip the inks onto the flowers and then add a drop of blender to the center of each flower. You can also spray a little blender to create patterns.

 

Step 6: Add colour and blender until you have colours and patterns you like. Try to make sure each flower is just a little different, so that your finished canvas has some interesting things to look at.

 

Step 7: Add some X-Press It Clear Gel Glue to the flower centres and cover with black glitter, you can add a few small beads for extra texture.

 

Step 8: To complete your project use a FabScraps stencil to add some extra pattern to the canvas, colour a small piece of card to act as a vase and use green cord as stems. Attach the flowers using X-Press It Foam High Tack Tape and you have a unique finished canvas.

I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to Copic Marker Australia for allowing me to be a part of the family for the last few years, I have had a wonderful time working with the amazing team from X-Press Graph-X and the other Design Team members. I have learned a lot and have been challenged to do things I may not have tackled without a little push. This will be my last post for Copic Marker Australia, I hope to see you all in the future and wish the Copic Marker Australia team and the lovely readers all the best.

Kate Palmer