Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Where the trees sway gently and birds sing softly in Sunny SoCal.
I'm fairly new to Copics and have a very small collection, but here is what I learned so far--the hard way:
1) The best way to buy colors is in sets of two or, preferably, three (ie: 3 blues, 3 reds, 3 yellows, etc.)
2) In most cases, skipping one or even two numbers is okay (ie: 13, 15, 17; 22, 24, 26)
3) Buying by number works most of the time, but not always.
4) Buying according to the cap color doesn't work at all.
5) Light colors--such as those ending in 000 or 0000--are sometimes necessary to get good shading, but don't always match their colors.
6) Personally, I like the cool grays much better than the warm grays, though I suppose those who are true artists will say you need both.
Here are some of my "sets":
Yellow: Y11, Y13, Y15 (Y15 looks almost orange compared to 11 & 13)
Green: G21, G24 (look almost alike; I bought a G0000 for a lighter shade, but it looks almost blue in comparison, so I use my YG03 instead. I feel I still need another set of greens, perhaps in the low teens or low 20s)
Yellow Green: YG0000, YG01, YG03, YG63
Red: R20, R22, R24 (also have R29, but looks a lot like R24)
Purple: V12, V15, V17
Blue-Violet: BV000, BV02, BV04
Blue-Green: BG0000, BG000, BG02, BG05 (good for water)
Blue: B41, B45 (nice denim look); B0000, B000, B2, B5 (an "OK" blue set, but seems too similar to the Blue-Green. I've not yet found my go-to "true blue" set.)
Brown:[/COLOR] E33, E35, E37, E29
Cool Gray: C00, C1, C3 (makes good shadows and sidewalks). I plan to add C5, C7 and C9 for "black" hair. Barbara Jay is right about using dark cool grays instead of black.
Warm Gray: W00, W1, W3