Buying a large set of markers will definitely save you money, but it can also be nice and a bit more personal to build your own collection as you go and explore your own color palette.

Below is my set of Copic Markers. As you can see, it's a very small portion of the entire Copic library!

I am not sponsored by Copic, but I do like their colors, how their tips feel, and like the re-usability (better for the environment as it minimizes plastic waste), replacement tips, etc.

Other brands include Prismacolor, Touch, and AD. Each has their own unique characteristics and some are maybe better for some things than other things. Prices vary widely, as does re-fillable, replaceable parts, etc.

General Suggestions

Interior Designers and Architects will tend to need much more earth tones.

Industrial and Product Designers will usually lean towards more vibrant chroma.

I recommend starting out in the earthier tones as they are far more forgiving to the eye, then as your skills improve, add in more vibrant hues.


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Copic provides the widest range of tip shapes, replacement tips, they're all refillable,
and even an air-brush can attachment.

A great idea is to make a swatch palette of your makers and label the colors so you can quickly see what your colors will look like. Do this on each type of paper you use, ie. on Marker Paper, Bond, and Trace, as the colors shift and look different on different papers. And remember, we render on the "back" of Trace paper, with our ink and pencil work on the "front," so be sure to gauge your values off what you see when you flip the paper over.

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