I have only had Copic markers for about a year. I started with a few for “skin tone.” I just couldn’t get skin tone (meaning anything close to my skin tone) with pencils. I have little coloring experience as an adult. Although I was enjoying pencils, I immediately love coloring with Copics. I decided that I wouldn’t go wild purchasing them, instead I would buy the opportunistically. As it happens, right after making that decision I had an opportunity to purchase almost a hundred second hand and great price. But, I had no control over what colors I was getting.
Trying to manage all the colors that I had, figure out what I needed, and figure out what order to purchase more in…a time consuming challenge. I created this Copic spreadsheet (you are welcome to copy/paste this and use it yourself), have a spreadsheet filled out with what I have, color metrics (seriously!), and have an earlier version of this Copic color swatch book (shown in pic).
Sandy Allnock’s Hex Chart has been out for a while. I have been studiously avoiding purchasing it. It seemed expensive for something that I “already” have. And, well…that lasted a for a few months.
Recently, I purchased it and fill it in with all the colors I have. AMAZING! The Hex Chart is so much better! It shows the colors near each other so you can better see how colors from different color families go together, it *clearly* shows what you need and why, and instead of flying almost blind and spending too long trying to figure out what colors to purchase…it makes it easy. The only negative I can see is that I until it is completely filled out I cannot laminate it (unless I want to redo it).
Finally, while this does cost some money; it is really only 1-2 Copic markers. Hardly, the end of the world.