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What are Copic sketch markers?

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Copic is a brand of sketch markers for designers and artists manufactured and sold by Portland, Oregon based Imagination International, Inc. Copic sketch markers come in 358 colors and are sold individually and in sets and kits of 12, 24, 36 and 72.

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Copic markers are used for calligraphy and airbrushing, as well as graphic design. Copic markers feature two nibs, one for broad coverage, another for fine, detail work. The nibs are replaceable and the markers are refillable, qualities not shared by some of Copic's competitors. Reviewers hold them in high regard, especially for the clarity and detail of their fine nib, appreciating the brand's paintbrush like quality with its appealing pigment and clean, consistent marker quality. One observer views this as an explanation for Copic's popularity with comic and manga artists.

Reviewers are of mixed opinion regarding their value. Some appreciate that they are refillable while others are put off by their initial expense. Among Copic's competitors Prismacolor is rated highly for its overall quality, although some critics dislike that the product is not refillable; Chartpak gets relatively high performance remarks and is considered a good value by some reviewers. Some designers use a mixture of brands, several commenting on the ability to blend Copic and Prismacolor.

Copic also produces a variety of other markers, pens, papers, airbrush systems and accessories.

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