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I get a LOT of questions regarding what colors I use where when it comes to the ponies, and I keep saying I'm gonna make a little guide. Well, let's give it a shot.

For the majority of my covers, I use Copic markers to color. Copics are light-fast, alcohol markers... not unlike a classic school marker, but higher quality. I prefer Copic over other brands primarily for a few reasons: Variable tips (markers, fine, brush, etc), better blending, and they can be refilled! This is the BIG selling point to me... this means you can buy the marker once, and continue to refill. It also means you can custom blend colors should you desire. Copics also guarantee that if you buy Y00 yellow, and then buy another down the line, the colors will match. I've bought the same marker color from other brands and had them not match. I will use other brands here and there for very specific colors or effects, but Copic is 99% of my marker work.

So... when I do a cover or whatever, I do basic ink lines first with a Faber Castell PITT pen... a black sharpline pen with India ink. Basically I make a simple coloring book page. No mistakes allowed here... one can't effectively marker on top of white-out. Let it sit and cure about 30 minutes to avoid streaking and smearing. Also, use them carefully- do not do heavy hatching and blacks here,  Then color, then do final full inks with brush and india ink. I can't put markers on top of my full, brushed inks- markers will smear it.

My choice of papers vary, but for the most part I use Strathmore 80 lb Recycled paper (400 series, green cover). For large pieces I use illustration board.

These are the BASIC colors I generally use for the basic pony palette. By NO MEANS am I saying these are the only choices or correct or whatever... use what looks good to you. I will say this, however- I strongly suggest working with paler colors first, then progressing to darker/bolder colors. You can always darken with markers, you can't really lighten. Watercolor theory.
Copics are designated by a letter and number system as well as a color name, but I'm going to give the letter/number here. 

You'll also notice a lot of colors are shared among the girls. This is to match as close as I can to Hasbro's PMS Colors, as they share a lot of colors on the show, too. AJ's hair is same as Fluttershy's body, etc. You'll notice that cutie marks tend to match eye color, too (not a hard rule)

Twilight Sparkle-
Main body: v01
Mane: B34 (I often use Prismacolor Brittany Blue here, not found a copic quite the same color)
Mane striping:  V04 and RV06
Eyes- V04 at darkest with paler highlights , such as V01
Cutie Mark: RV06

Applejack- (also known as My Favorite of the mane 6 ;)
Main Body: Y35
Mane: Y00 (with R17 bands)
Eyes: yG06 with paler highlights such as YG01
Hat: E33
Cutie Mark: R17 and YG06

Rarity-
Main: C0 (Rarity is NOT a white pony- she is GRAY. Pale, but gray. In contrast, Shining Armor is white. Observe her eyes against her coat)
Mane, top: BV13
Mane, under: V15
Eyeshadow: B00
Eyes: B24 at darkest, fading to B01
Cutie Mark: B01

Fluttershy-
Main Body: Y00
Mane: R00
Eyes: BG 45 at darkest, with paler highlights such as BG23
Cutie Mark: R00 (with BG45 butterfly body- it's so small for me I generally just make it black lines)

Pinkie Pie-
Main Body: R00
Mane: RV06
Cutie mark: B01 and Y00 (again, the balloon strings are so small, just black lines here... otherwise, same colors)
Eyes: B24 at darkest, fading to B01

Rainbow Dash... so many damn colors...
Main Body: B000
Mane: here we go... top to bottom, R17, Y38, Y00, YG06, B24, V15. Tail is same, just reversed direction.
Cutie Mark: R17, Y00, B24 
Eyes: RV09 with paler highlights such as R23

Celestia- (again, NOT a white pony. Believe it or not, she's pink. But, extremely pale pink, so... )
Main Body: I leave her primarily white... but I take R000 and "trim" her edges, using it for pale shading to give her pink highlights... observe cover #5 to get an idea
mane: tricky... it fades out, so it's multiple colors. Generally, I use B00, YG11, BV00, and R00 for the pale areas, and darken as I go up by applying layers of the same colors to make it richer. At the top, I use darker versions or the same colors... generally B01 (I go as dark as b24), YG03, BV02, R10 (or as dark as R23)
Cutie Mark: Y00, Y11, y35
Eyes: RV06 at darkest, fading to R10
Armor: Base color of Y00, and golden shading as appropriate... I sometimes go into oranges or browns, but I also like Y26 and Y28. Don't forget her V04 stones!

Luna ( also known as Best pony overall!)
Mane body: B95
mane: B24 (sometimes I use B18) with B00 highlights (on the show, her mane is a diaphanous fog... it's clear at the edges. I draw it more as hair... easier on me!)
Cutie Mark: Black
Eyes: BG49 fading to BG 23
Armor: B01 trim on black

Spike!
main Body: V12 (Just a tiny bit off from Twilight)
Crest and Dorsal spines: VG06
Belly plates: VG11
Head fins: Vg01
Eyes: VG06 fading to VG01

All the crew have orange(!) tongues, I use YR 15, and R39 for mouth interior.

Derpy, Vinyl, Chrysalis, yada yada yada will have to come at another date, but this is our Starring cast. Again, notice that a majority of colors repeat... gives them a unified palette and this is pretty accurate to the show guidelines in my guidebook. Also makes it easier to block in same colors at same time ;)

Copics are available at Hobby Lobby and Michael's, some colors you may have to order as they carry limited range. But, play with 'em... takes some getting used to. Remember to keep them wet, dryer markers equal more streaking and blotching (not bad for effects, lousy for smooth coverage.)

As always with the ponies... HAVE FUN DAMMIT. ;) 
 


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SkyPainter28 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
MAH GIRD, this is so helpful! Thank you!
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Evilness321 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
I know this post is a year old, but I just discovered that Copic B99 Agate works perfectly for the dark blue of Twilight Sparkle's mane and tail color :nod: I've been using this post as a helpful reference since I don't have exactly the same colors you do but same products of Copic and Prismacolor. It's been a great help for me to figure out which is closest to work with what I have, thanks for sharing this! 
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cyransgoodies Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Are you still going to write down the colors you use for the other ponies? When ever you can that would be awesome!
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DJ-Pinkie Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Do you have a favorite place to purchase these?
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andypriceart Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hobby Lobby and Michael's both carry them, as far as national chains go. Online, I use carpediemstore.com primarily
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AlluringDreams Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well I gave the color set for Fluttershy a try (Thank you favorite pony for being the fewest colors). I have to say I'm pretty satisfied, though I'm still not sure about the Strathmore paper. Maybe I just lack control, as apparent from the inking I do with Fabers, but it seemed like the colors creeped. The slight offwhite of the paper also makes the paler colors more spot on, though I might try with the Georgia Pacific Cardstock that I use to see the difference more.
I'm heading out to Blicks to pick up a few more things tomorrow, but I don't suppose I could sliiiiightly squeeze Chrysalis's colors from you before then? Hehe, sorry for insistence, keep being awesome Andy.
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DJ-Pinkie Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
GREAT HOOGLY-BOOGLY! 300 dollars!?! Must be worth the money!
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andypriceart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, they make my wallet hurt every time I buy one! that's why I really recommend getting a small set or a few singles first to play with before making such a monetary leap. They are excellent, but not cheap!
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buckweiser Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use alcohol-based markers as well (albeit not Copics - they don't seem to be available here in my country). Any tips on using them on surfaces like Strathmore paper or illustration board?
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andypriceart Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the Recycled Strathmore, as it seems to be a little less thirsty- it allows for blending a little better, stays wet a little longer without excess bleeding. With bristol or Illustration board, remember that the markers have to be very fresh and wet- the dryer they are, the more they will streak. The advantage with Copics is that the refills allow you to do that. However, with other brands, you can also "Re-activate" markers using alcohol... ideally, if you have a syringe, you can inject a few drops through the nib.

With any markers, I tend to use a bit of a circular or back and forth motion, so that I overlap each stroke a little- helps blend stroke to stroke and eliminate streaking. 

You can also do blending, smearing, and other effects with alcohol. Try some on the head of a cotton swab and see what you think
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buckweiser Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the advice.
For the longest time I've been either using tracing paper as my medium, or been mixing media for the same effect. I'll try my hand at a wholly-marker colored piece sometime.
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AnimationTyme Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Copics are great for blending colors. And you can push the ink around. Using blender one can impart fabric patterns to the colored ink.

For Copic newbies, Be sure outline ink works with Copic pens or the black ink will smear and/or become fuzzy. Experiment with different inks.  (To test, let the color flow over the ink line and interact to see if ink line becomes fuzzy. Don't move the pen over the ink line.)

For those pranksters out there, You can have a lot of fun with the caps on the pens. Just swap the caps on your friends pens since the color number are on the cap and most of the time no one looks at the body of the pen to see if caps match up. (Just make sure you have wiped your finger prints off the pens. Hmmm. I may have a tiny evil streak in me after all.)

P.S. Well, No Christmas card for Andy from the makers of Prismacolor pencils. lol.

P.S.S. And Andy spelled R-a-r-i-t-y wrong for best pony. heh heh.
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andypriceart Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love Prismacolor pencils, but I don't use them much anymore... much more time consuming. I still use them for effects and details, etc, in my bigger pieces. You can also blend Prismacolor pencils with your marker work (or other pencils) with a marker or alcohol :)


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ShadowDancerBrony Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Well this starts and settles an argument.
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andypriceart Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
?
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AnimationTyme Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Well...there goes the rumor Andy can read minds!
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Aerialift Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for this guide!

It will definitely be bookmarked for future reference when I try my hand at using Copics!
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andypriceart Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
They take some getting used to, but they're fun to use :)
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DJ-Pinkie Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
This is a stupid question, but here goes. Do you use the original, sketch, or the ciao copic markers? I am really considering buying some of these because of this guide, Thanks!
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andypriceart Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I use Sketch, which have a chisel end, and a brush end... both of which I utilize. The big chunky square ones (which I think are the original) have a chisel and fine tip... They aren't the most comfortable things to hold, but the fine tip is nice.
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RapidoStar Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the wonderful advice, and it's nice to see my working process matches yours pretty well. I find I can hobble together a few close enoughs from Prismacolor markers to make whatever drawing I like, though I'm not under the gun to reproduce the original show color palate.

As far as paper choices, I love Strathmore bristol for markers, but I find that a lot of illustration board is too absorbent and bleeds when using markers, though other liquid media seems to do okay. Do you have a preferred brand of board?
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andypriceart Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I prefer Strathmore, but where I live, I kinda have to take what I can get, so I go through various brands. Any board is going to bleed to some degree with markers, it's the nature of it... a smoother board won't bleed as much, but is also not going to look as smooth.
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LyokoTravelsPegasus Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student
Thanks so much! I already have a small collection of Copic Markers ( about 50 ) , I use this would help me finding the colors that I don't have and using this journal as a reference :D ^^
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CMC--Scootaloo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's helpful, thank you! :D
I will definitely try that out one day!
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BronyHaterSlayer Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
Drawing guide for Andy Price: make them as muted as possible, try to cram as much crap into every single panel as possible, and put as many idiotic, over-the-top facial expressions as you humanly can until your eyes begin to bleed.
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YumeStar101 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Copic markers are freakin' amazing! Expensive...totally worth it!

I'll keep this in mind if I ever get around to drawing the rest of the mane 6 and/or Celestia. I already own all of the colors you listed, and I have a Twilight drawing that is nearly finished (though I used twice as many colors as you apparently do but then again, I have a somewhat serious knack for detail in my shading and gradient areas and you can probably blend the colors better than I can).

All in all, thanks!
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YumeStar101 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
*Expensive...but totally worth it!
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ShadowRunner27 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So cool! :la:
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Twoforflinching Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Thank you so much, this is really awesome to read and see more about how you work on your stuff. Also yay for Copics! Have you tried any of their flourescents? They look really interesting on paper but do best under a blacklight though some of the colours do better than others. :)
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andypriceart Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the fluorescent markers!
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MartyMurray Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful! I'm not really a fan of markers, but helpful regardless! 
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Bee-chan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Just a thought, Andy, but have you tried the Prismacolor inking brush markers? I've fallen totally in love with them when I marker paint, and I can use them BEFORE laying down color, as Prisma's and Copics play very nicely with each other.
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shuffle001 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Wow, I think the only color I have in common with this list is the green in Rainbow Dash's mane...
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risesatspring Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If prisma's and copics were cheaper, I'd rush out to buy some and try this help sheet. I have some prisma's but there rather old. 
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HeavyWeaponsGuy2129 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing~ ^.^
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SoniciatheHedgehog Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Cool! This makes it easier to find the Copics I need! Thank you so much!
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er49563 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for sharing..  And I know it IS your job, but most people can't afford copic markers.  Any advice for water-color pencils?
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andypriceart Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I've rarely ever used WaterColor pencils, I never cared for the results they gave. However, I've always liked Prismacolor's colored pencils, so their water color pencils might be worth a shot. In the end, with any medium, it's simply a matter of playing and experimenting.
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er49563 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I got it..  Just wondering if you have ever used them.  Thank you, though.  Awesome comic work.
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AbyssalEmissary Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I have to thank you Andy (Mr. Priceart? ;) ) as well. I love these guides as it is pretty hard to find out the "true colors" on your own. And it is just interesting to see what the pros are using. Funny to see you using the PITT pens as I bought them a few days ago to see how they work. :)


As for the water-color pencils, er49563: I'm not a professional and don't have real knowledge, but bought some of the Faber Castell water-color pencils (called "Albrecht Dürer") and loved them right from the start. You could give them a try as they are not that expensive and all the colors are also available separate.

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er49563 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you.  :D  That does help.  ~  I don't really care if you are "professional," just looking for advice. :)
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Gryphonia Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Thanks for sharing this with us, common mortals, Andy! I might give it a shot one day! :D
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neuralshock7 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Wow! Great info! Thanks for sharing!
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BRJ-DA Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
This is wonderful! we adore the comics and we are so grateful that you have shared this info with us. Time to get some pens on the Christmas list! Thank you!

~ BRJ & LezliDax
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AlluringDreams Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Also, grats on the EQD post. Can't wait to see your Chrysalis one. Keep being awesome, Andy! <3
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AlluringDreams Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is just what I've been waiting for, ever since I messaged you and got into art myself. Thank you so much Andy, I know you're very busy!
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Nice to know that you like AJ, too.
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mkanke Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
Oh man this is a wonderful guide. When I next get the money for art supplies I wanted to get Copics so this guide is gonna make it a breeze picking out some to start with seeing as I do mostly Pony Fanart at this time :)

I will be waiting for your next guide so I will have more suggestions to buy on!
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Prynnie Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Thank you so very much for posting this color guide!  It's so nice to have something to use as reference . You rock!!
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DynamoDazzle Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
DAMMIT JIM! I'm a doctor, not a comedian! ;)
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