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Old 10-03-2011, 12:32 PM   #356
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Originally Posted by melissa59 View Post
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
Thanks so much for your input, Melissa! The only thing better than learning from our own mistakes is learning from someone else's. lol I'm so glad you told me about not trying to match to cap colors because I was doing just that in looking at the fall set I linked to. It's not as easy as buying a box of Crayolas, is it? lol

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