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UPDATE: Hello, all!  Over the new year, I had to transfer schools and get a new semester going.  Now that I have a major contest all finished up at the other club I moderate, I'm back.  :)  Would you like me to give you some more monthly art challenges?  It's been super-quiet here for the last few months, and I'd love for us to get some interaction going.  I'll leave this challenge up probably thru March, so if you are interested in doing it, send in your submissions and show us what you've got!  Let me know what kinds of activities and blog posts you'd like to see in this group, and I'll see what I can do!  Cheers!

(This journal was previously released on October 31, 2015.  The original text is below.)

Hello all, and happy Halloween! This month marks the beginning of our new monthly art prompt schedule. The Halloween spirit hasn't quite died down, but we're moving into autumn and, for those of you in the USA, Thanksgiving is headed your way. We haven't gotten a big list of themes yet from you all, so here's one of mine that I think will be fun.

November's art prompt is "The Ancient". As always, you can work this theme into your submissions however you want. Perhaps you like drawing characters, and you'd like to draw an ancient god or a member of an old civilization. Perhaps you're more into landscapes or buildings, and you want to illustrate the great cities, wonders, and countrysides of a rich and long-lost culture, in ruins or in its glory days. Or maybe you'd like to draw inspiration from ancient ruins like Stonehenge, Chichen Itza, or the Nazca Lines. (These are just some ideas to get you going; do whatever you feel would be cool.)

Deadline is November 30th. As always, I will feature our submissions in a journal at the end of the month.

Happy drawing!
I've listened to the poll, and you've asked for more time to work on our art challenges.  So we're making our art challenges monthly instead of bi-weekly.  Challenges will start again at the beginning of November.  Is there a theme that you'd like us to use?  Leave your suggestions in the comments below!
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Remi by HasssanArt
Shanks by HasssanArt
Silver by HasssanArt
Waleed by HasssanArt
Humans
chidori by HasssanArt
Down The Riverflow by Denigirl
toshinori by VialofFire
Vengeance is mine by KamiHoro
Creatures
Chapter XVII - Emperor Sutoku by Hallowie29
April 3 markers challenge by SaraFormosa
White Horse by Catmewniverse
Im really sorry that I love you so much uwu by JasminTheSinnerx3
Anthro
Giorno and Jonathan Fanart Copic Marker by GiraffeMeow
Artsy Tiger by kinachuku
ACEO Neniko by nickyflamingo
ACEO Zena Liv and Prudence Conyard by nickyflamingo
Plants and Nature
Still Life Practice: Gardenias  by ReginaBeastiarum
bug catching by VialofFire
+Bottega di fiori+ by SaraFormosa
Summer Sunflowers by Lauralina
Tutorials and References
Deep sea girl drawing by goldtulip
Copic Skin Color Test 1 by GiraffeMeow
Miku and some flowers by goldtulip
Mini-Guide: Copic Hair in a Moleskine by Khallandra
Abstract
Victor(preview) by Tanaka2san
#19 VALENTINE'S day 2018 by Tanaka2san
Eyes study by Tanaka2san
+Pidge - Voltron A La Mode+ by madhouse-arts
Miscellaneous
Hetalia APH : Hat Swap by youngthong-art
Hetalia APH : The Wall of Us by youngthong-art

Mature Content

Tifa - MTG Forest by BGaltered
Superman. by RyanShifflett
Fanart

Mature Content

Rani Rudrama Devi by Orkideh84
BNHA: Toga Himiko by ReginaBeastiarum
Pokemon: Raichu Nap Time by ReginaBeastiarum
Steven Universe: Lapis Lazuli by ReginaBeastiarum
Fantasy
Patreon Reward April 2018 ACEO Vera Callyth by nickyflamingo
Panty by JasminTheSinnerx3
Stocking by JasminTheSinnerx3
Hestia by JasminTheSinnerx3
Old Coloring Contest
Interior Exterior
Rainy Days are for Friends and Pizza by Drayah
Landscapes
Picknick by nessi6688
Architecture
-BIG CROWN-JustxFacula by Composer-J
Current Challenge
Comic Pages
Color Blind Page 264 by DruidTeeth
Humans 2
Penny Challenge - 50cnts by AlexaFV

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1. Due to lack of time join requests have been automatized! I'm putting blind trust in you folks that you actually use Copics when you join here. There simply have been too many expired requests.

2. The artwork you submit here must be made using Copic. Artwork with excessive digital editing will be declined. Exessive digital editing means the loss of the Copic Texture only those markers leave, it's okay to eg. have a background completely digitally made.

3. To prevent the flooding of our inboxes, submission limit is 3 per day.

4. Artwork submitted into the wrong folder will be declined. Try to submit your work into the folder that best fits its content. You can find an explanation of our folders here.

5. Posting Marker trading/selling offers as a comment on the front page is allowed.

6.Mature Content is allowed but has to be tagged as such appropriately.

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If you want to join the group we ask you to show us that you do use Copic. To make that easy, please include a link to one of your Copic pictures in the request. Requests without this will be DENIED!

What is COPIC?

Copic is one of the world's finest brands of professional illustration, papercrafting, and architectural markers.

Copic markers use fast-drying, alcohol-based ink that blends like a dream. Copics come in an astonishing 358 colors (and counting!).

All Copic markers are dual-tipped (except for the Copic Wide) and refillable (Ink bottles sold separately in ALL marker colors), and their nibs are replaceable.

Copic Markers:

There are four types of Copic markers:

Copic: The original Copic Marker. Uses a chisel tip and a fine tip.
Copic Sketch: The most popular and versatile type of Copic Marker. Uses a chisel tip and Copic's signature Super Brush tip that applies ink in a way very similar to a paintbrush.
Copic Wide: Exactly what it says in the name. A wide, chisel-tipped marker for covering large areas.
Copic Ciao: A more affordable and slightly smaller version of the Copic sketch. The Ciao's nibs are exactly the same as the Copic Sketch marker's nibs. Good for beginners who don't want to spend as much money on Copic markers. Does NOT work with the Copic Airbrush system.

The Copic Airbrush System (ABS):

In addition to the markers, Copic also sells an Airbrush tool that uses Copic Markers for its ink supply. The ABS can be used with air compressors or Copic air cans, which are usually sold wherever you can find the ABS starter kits. (In the US, Michael's carries both the ABS starter set and replacement air cans.)

Other products:

Copic makes a variety of fineliners, gel pens, marker papers, and training videos.

To buy Copic markers, go to Copic's official online store.

To learn more, go to Copic's official website.

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FAQ Section:

Q: Do Copic markers stink?
A: Copic markers smell a LOT better than most art markers. While other markers smell sickly strong, Copic markers are actually rather fragrant. The author has never had a problem working with the scent of Copic markers.

Q: How much do Copic markers cost?
A: It depends on the retailer, but generally you can expect Copic Sketch markers to sell for (US) $7-8 per marker and Copic Ciaos to sell for (US) $4-6 per marker. Copic Wides are slightly more expensive than Copic Sketch. Various Ink bottles sell for about (US) $9 per bottle, but will refill a Sketch marker about five times (so it's cheaper in the long run to refill your markers rather than replace them).

Q:I want to use Copic Markers. How should I start off?
A:See what are the most common colors you use. Recommended are the warm gray tones, they are god to learn blending and have a nice sepia style color. You should also get the Blender 00 and marker paper which is needed for most painting-style drawings you can find in this group. On normal paper, Copics leave a stripe-less surface, good for cel shading. Copic Ciao with their brush nibs are good for the painting style. It's also good to see what shades of colored pencils and other traditional media you already own, because Copics on regular paper give a nice solid color which can be easily shaded with pencils etc.

Q: When I scan my pictures they look awful! Where can I get a better scanner?
A: There is none. Pretty much every scanner gives out weird colors in the end, it's a thing of calibrating it right. This though is pretty complicated, so an easy way to improve your pictures is editing them digitally afterwards. I suggest the "dynamics" function in Photoshop CS4 or higher. Go to Image -> Adjustments -> Dynamics, and others. You should play around with the levels, hue/saturation and brightness/contrast, too. For the last one, it often helps a lot to lower the brightness and increase the contrast.

Q:I am new to Copics. How can I improve my skills? How do I refill markers?
A: Our group's gallery has a huge section for Copic Marker tutorials, including ones about how to refill markers. If you fail at finding the category, you may find it here copicusers.deviantart.com/gall… .

As we continue to answer questions, we'll update this FAQ as necessary and add images to go with descriptions. Feel free to ask a question by commenting on this page!

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ngxe Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Hello!
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DahliaDrawsDahlia Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017
I really wish that this group had a "Mature Content" folder.
All my work has the mature filter on it, but I'd just feel a lot better about submitting to this group if there were a specific folder for NSFW.
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trashcangoddessart Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017  Student General Artist
The "Humans" folder is full.
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Inkcess Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017
Human folder is full
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nicolasbahamondes Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
MEGAVISIÓN's 25th Anniversary

This is a drawing I had done using COPiC Markers. HiRes version to be uploaded in my page soon.
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KeySketch Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Student General Artist
Airis Rayleta by KeySketch heres my link for proof on copic markers :) 
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My7hicR4r3 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Student General Artist
Oh hi! :meow: 
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