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Old 06-04-2008, 03:30 AM   #1
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Default Copic "Special Black"

Can someone please tell me what the difference between Copic "Black" and "Special Black" is.

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Old 11-22-2008, 04:14 PM   #2
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Default Copic Black (#100) & Special Black (#110): Back to Back

I've been experimenting with these blacks for a while now. I've used at least 6 different surfaces from various papers to oil-based painted pages to primed canvas. What I've found is that the Copic Black #100 seems closer to the paint color Mars Black in that it has a slightly warmer undertone. There's a tiny reddish, warm color in the Copic Black that I noticed most on high-gloss paper and acrylic-primed canvas under bright light. Copic Special Black #110 seems darker than Black on most side-by-side comparisons. No warmness, just deep, charcoal black. It also seems to block more light under a bright lamp. But on most paper, like a printer paper or sketch book grade paper, and on most painted-surface tests, they both looked so close that they may as well have been the same. Most paper tends to absorbs the ink and pigment in such a way that makes both blacks look almost identical. And when you scan both, even at high resolution, there's no variation between the Black and Special Black. I also used a Copic Colorless Blender and blended both blacks to a smoky blur on Bee Paper brand Pen Sketcher's pad and they showed some blue undertones, but again, the Copic Black seemed warmer than the Special Black. When you layer either of these blacks too much, again, you could never tell the difference between them. Also, the subtle qualities are noticed more when the pens get dry or at the end of a quick stroke. But when you go over the area more than a few times you get the same look on both blacks.

I know that's really wonkish and more detail than anyone needs, but I'm way into deconstructing black ink, I guess.


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Old 11-22-2008, 05:04 PM   #3
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Thanks for the great explanation! Your level of detail is much appreciated.
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Old 11-22-2008, 05:15 PM   #4
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Smile Quite an explanantion

Wow - Ernest - that is quite an explanation. How detailed. Very impressive. You must have wonderful eyesight.

Thank you for pointing it out though. Most of us need not worry now about getting both black colored Copics.
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