Joanna Baker Illustration

Are Copics Worth It? + Alternative Brush Marker Brands

Brush tip markers are my absolute favorite tool to create my illustrations. The effects you can create with them are so painterly that often times people will mistake my work for watercolor! If you’ve been following along for awhile, you know that Copic Sketch markers are my favorite brand of brush markers but one question I get asked a lot by aspiring illustrators and artists is whether or not Copics are worth the investment. My answer is always an enthusiastic YES!

But I know there are a lot of artists out there who aren’t quite ready to make the investment in professional grade supplies. If price is a barrier – I would never want you to miss out on the wondrous unicorn of art supplies that is the brush tip marker! So let’s go over what makes them so great and which alternative brands I recommend…

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Hand-Painted Heirloom Easter Eggs by Joanna Baker

Inspiration Behind the Heirloom Egg Collection…

Hand-Painted Heirloom Easter Eggs by Joanna Baker

In early February I began to feel my creative spark coming back after a month of rest and recuperation following a busy holiday season. Inspiration is such a fickle thing, often times one tiny thought leads to another and before you know it, you’ve fallen down a rabbit hole of inspiration and ideas are flooding in. Sometimes it’s hard to trace the source of the spark but this time, I remember clearly the moment I felt inspired again…

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Top 10 Copic Sketch Marker Tips by Joanna Baker Illustration

My Top 10 Copic Sketch Marker Tips…

Joanna Baker Illustration Top 10 Copic Sketch Marker Tips

If you don’t already know by now – I love my Copic Sketch markers! They really are the cream of the crop when it comes to professional artist markers. The quality of the alcohol ink is super blendable, they’re available in an array of 358 beautiful colors, the ink is refillable and the marker tips are replaceable so you can prolong the life of each marker. While Copics are an investment, if you’re serious about creating illustrations with artist’s markers, you won’t find a better brush tip marker out there!

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Join Making Art Work with Joanna Baker

My Personal Experience with Making Art Work…

Illustration Supplies by Joanna Baker Illustration

This time last year I was in a strange place. I was feeling stagnant, uninspired and directionless. As a creative, these feelings are familiar – they come and go. But for the first time in five years of running my little art business, I was at a loss for how to move forward. Something didn’t feel quite right and I knew I needed a change…

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