Miniso vs Copic markers with Inktober


It's almost the end of October but there's a challenge that is still hip and happening in social media land called hashtag Inktober, woo! Basically you suppose to draw something entirely with ink every day of October. Which in my case I have amazingly failed this challenge because I've only come up with 4 drawings in total. Sigh. Blame time, work and well I'll be honest: laziness too. I hope you like my 4 quick Inktober doodles though.

If there's something that Inktober taught me is that the color black is not a scary color (is black even a color?) but a bold color that gives drawings a nice pop. I should try to incorporate black more often in my sketches.

Futhermore, the MINISO versus Copic markers. When I was in HK, I've discovered an amazing lifestyle brand called 'MINISO' and it's a budget brand too! They sell similar looking Copic markers but cheaper. In this post I'd like to give you my thoughts and my first use experience between these two brands.  

Oktober is bijna weer ten einde maar er is een challenge dat nog steeds gaande is in de social media genaamd de 'Inktober' challenge. Met hashtag uiteraard. In deze challenge gaat 't erom dat je iedere dag van oktober een tekening/krabbel maakt van inkt. Wat bij mij al sinds dag 1 finaal mislukt is. Ik heb 4 tekeningen namelijk. Ach ja. Ik schuif de schuld toe naar werk, tijd en vooruit, luiheid van mezelf. Ik hoop dat je mijn 4 tekeningen tof vinden!

Als ik iets van dit Inktober heb geleerd, is dat de kleur zwart (is zwart überhaubt een kleur?) helemaal geen enge kleur is, maar juist een krachtige kleur is die tekeningen een knal geven. Ik moet dus proberen meer zwart in mijn tekeningen te gebruiken.  

Tot slot, de MINISO versus Copic markers. In HK heb ik een toffe lijfstijl winkel ontdekt genaamd 'MINISO' en het is ook nog eens een budgetwinkel! Ze verkopen o.a. deze gelijksoortige Copic markers maar dan goedkoper. In deze post laat ik dus mijn mening en eerste indruk achter over deze twee markers.

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5 minutes doodles for Inktober
Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month -

And as usual I`m very very behind with trends and - sigh - I only came up with 4 drawings for Inktober 2016 and I have used Copic and Miniso markers for it. This is where I`ll be reviewing the differences between these 2 markers down below:
Miniso vs Copic
Miniso Aquarelle Brush
Price: 3 for HK$15
Colors: 18
Double heads: yes
Brush tip: yes
Fine tip: yes
Calligraphy tip: no
Refillable: no
Brand origin: Japan(made in P.R.C)
 Copic Ciao
Price: 1 for €3 up to €4
Colors: 180
Double heads: yes
Brush tip: yes
Fine tip: no
Calligraphy tip: yes
Refillable: no
Brand origin: Japan
My experience
Miniso Aquarelle

- The Miniso Aquarelle brushes does have vibrant colors, although the darker color ones only because the light version is very very soft.
- The brush tip of the Miniso Aquarelle is better off for quick sketch concept use and writing rather than for serious sketch and art pieces in my opinion. The reason: the brush tip is quite hard and it does not give that dreamy watercolor effect.
- No matter how light or hard I press the brush tip on paper, it does not change the opacity or the amount of color on paper hence you can`t really create that water color effect.
- Miniso also has other marker series called `Color Marker` which is a double headed marker with a fine and calligraphy ends.
- Unlike Copic, Miniso Aquarelle brushes does not have color names or numbers which is a bit bummer if you ask me.

Copic Ciao

- Copic Ciao has very pigmented inkt.
- The brush tip of Copic Ciao is a lot softer and finer and does give that watercolor effect.
- Copic Ciao is somehow wetter than Miniso Aquarelle, so when you work with Copics make sure you have something underneath your paper unless it`s thick paper like watercolor papers.
- Copic Ciao is one of the series that Copic has and it`s cheaper than the `Original` for example but it also contains less ink. - The colors of Copic Ciao blend better with other colors. Miniso on the otherhand does it ok/fair.
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  1. They're so pretty! You're an amazing artist. :)

  2. Wow, Mei!! Your drawings look amazing, even though you're behind & all that. They're so great!! Have you considered selling some of them framed on Etsy or anything like that? Or at least putting them through Photoshopping & adding a little something extra so that they can be printed (mix media & all that)? You're so talented!

    1. Yes yes, I have :P they are on my to-do list and hopefully I
      can release them in the nearby future, thank you Tiff! Xx
      Ice Pandora

  3. I have been wanting to try those MINISO markers out. Great post!

    P.S. You have a lovely blog.

    Carolynn |

  4. These are lovely!
    I think Miniso is opening here too so I might check it out sometime.

  5. These doodles are so adorable! And i have to get me some of those pen brushes for lettering - they look really comfy

  6. Your little doodles are sooo cute :) I love the little pops of colour!

  7. These are beautiful! Especially loving the one of the girl all bundled up with a latte :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  8. It's my first time hearing of Inktober! Your drawings are lovely as always.


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