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Zhaan from Farscape


copic markers on bristol paper by Nalini Haynes

Guess who got copic markers for Christmas?

It’s much easier to get a good tonal range from copic markers than from pencils, and without the smudging side effects.  Although I love charcoal, that’s even worse for smudging and just does not last.

It’s harder to learn to hold the markers correctly though, particularly the wedge-shaped larger end of the marker although I like the broad strokes.  Hubby bought me the harder pens for illustrations; I think I’ll go with the softer, more paintbrush-like pens in the future for a more organic, painterly feel.

I forgot to say: this is my FIRST EVER drawing using copic markers.  Even when I was a kid Mum barely let me touch textas in case I used them up, so this is a NEW ERA.

Zhaan from Farscape


The above photo was taken when my camera needed a service.  Since then my camera has been serviced and is taking better photos but it is still incredibly difficult to photograph art without uneven lighting showing in the photo or over-exposing the image.  The below image was scanned in by Dinkums in Swanston Street.  The service was friendly, helpful and very cheap at only $3 per scan but the tonal range is not good: the darks are lighter and the light shading is lost altogether.  This is even more evident in a sekret project that will be revealed soon.  I’ve tried tweaking in Photoshop but that has just confirmed that the light shading was lost altogether, it has not just been washed out by a back-lit monitor.  I will try having the work scanned in elsewhere: a friend recommended another (much more expensive) scanning company for artwork.

Zhaan from Farscape
Zhaan from Farscape
Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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