Speaking of copic marker questions, I've had problems with drawing in pencil then going over in the marker and you can still see the pencil lead underneath and it makes it look less clean. Your drawings always look so clean, I was wondering if you had any suggestions for me. Thanks!
Ummm hmmm that’s a toughie. I did have issues with going over in ink and having pencil underneath it. Its troublesome because when you start coloring with copics, the lead will blend into the marker and leave pretty bad smudges.
What I usually do is pretty tedious but I find that it helps in the long run. I erase the general areas with a larger eraser. I don’t press hard onto the paper, but I don’t know if pressure on an eraser has an effect. Once I am done with the larger eraser, I use a more fine eraser (usually the mechanical erasers) to erase around the fine lines, or whatever lead smudges are left. I try to check every line, and even during coloring I still have my eraser on hand in case I catch an area that still has some lead on it.
I've been on a search for nicer paper than what I've been doing with my Copics; do you mind me asking what sort of paper do you use for your holiday cards? Do they come pre-sized or do you cut them yourself?
Back during Anime Expo in July I bought the Copic brand paper which I find works beautifully. I’m really happy with how it comes out. I also like using Bristol board, but the smoother side. I find that paper with a more smoother surface helps blend the colors a lot better and bleeds less.
I’m actually working on those papers then scanning and printing them on nice stock cards :)
I thought those compacts were all on back order/only available in japan. how did you get yours?
That is correct. Initially they were only available through preorder. Luckily I knew someone that was doing a shopping service for the compact powders. Other people that I know( that also bought the compact) got theirs through their shopping service. I believe there were 2 preorder sets, and the second time, there was a limit on how many compacts you can purchase.