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.
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.
TUTORIALS & HOW-TO GUIDES
Stage 1: Empathize—Research Your Users' Needs
The first stage of the design thinking process allows you to gain an empathetic understanding of the problem you’re trying to solve, typically through user research. Empathy is crucial to a human-centered design process like design thinking because it allows you to set aside your own assumptions about the world and gain real insight into users and their needs.
Stage 2: Define—State Your Users' Needs and Problems
In the Define stage, you accumulate the information you created and gathered during the Empathize stage. You analyze your observations and synthesize them to define the core problems you and your team have identified so far. You should always seek to define the problem statement in a human-centered manner as you do this.
Stage 3: Ideate—Challenge Assumptions and Create Ideas
Designers are ready to generate ideas as they reach the third stage of design thinking. The solid background of knowledge from the first two phases means you can start to “think outside the box”, look for alternative ways to view the problem and identify innovative solutions to the problem statement you’ve created.
Stage 4: Prototype—Start to Create Solutions
This is an experimental phase, and the aim is to identify the best possible solution for each of the problems identified during the first three stages. Design teams will produce a number of inexpensive, scaled-down versions of the product (or specific features found within the product) to investigate the problem solutions generated in the previous stage.
Stage 5: Test—Try Your Solutions Out
Designers or evaluators rigorously test the complete product using the best solutions identified in the Prototype phase. This is the final phase of the model but, in an iterative process such as design thinking, the results generated are often used to redefine one or more further problems. Designers can then choose to return to previous stages in the process to make further iterations, alterations and refinements to rule out alternative solutions.
Stage 6: Repeat
MIND / BODY / SPIRIT SUPPORT
Download the PDF here: https://imaginationinternationalinc.com/copic/101/downloadable-resources/
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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