A couple of weeks ago I found a Rendr sketchbook on clearance at my local Michaels craft store. It was more than half off, a bargain I couldn’t pass up. I’ve always wanted to try the Rendr sketchbook. One of my favorite Copic marker artist, Nuri also known as Actionhankbeard, recommends this sketchbook to all of his fans. This humble guy is incredibly good at copic markers and is a must follow on Instagram.
I always thought copic markers were nifty but never the tool for me. I didn’t know how to blend them well or what colors to use. Individual markers are so expensive, its hard to experiment with them freely. Throughout college, I picked up a few grey scale markers to do value studies, but that was pretty much it. While following Nuri’s Instagram, I was inspired to give copic markers another shot. I made the poor choice of purchasing the super vivid six color primary set. I had no idea what to do with them, it was a rainbow mess.
I eventually found a few colors that I liked; a nice flesh color and a pretty mint. It wasn’t until I bought this Rendr sketchbook I fell madly in love with copics. Cresent’s Rendr sketchbook has a nice smooth finish which was a nice transition from Moleskine sketchbooks that I normally use. I mainly ink with a brush pen and textured paper is not my best friend. My favorite part about this sketchbook is how well it handles copics. No bleeding at all, meaning you can use both sides of the paper. The way the page absorbs the ink is fantastic and layering is no problem.
I can understand why artists love copic markers so much. The colors are so vibrant and exciting to use. Sailor Moon was my first doodle in this book. I utilized the neglected primary colors I purchased earlier. I still use Montana Acrylic Markers for color blocking. The pages might curl up a little, but overall the paper holds up well. I can’t wait to expand my little copic collection and experiment more.