How do you learn best?

How do you learn best?

Yesterday at work I took a personality test online just to see what it would show, and I must admit it was pretty accurate. One of the main things I learned was that I have chosen one of my top Employment Types (IT Specialist) which is why I love my job. I found it very interesting that my other top jobs listed Artist and Web Design, which explains why my hobbies fit so well and make me happy also (even if I get a little frustrated with myself) lol

The most interesting part I found though was the learning section. The report showed what it thought was my best way (or ways) for me to learn new things based on my individual personality. The three ways it chose for me to learn were fairly evenly spaced, though visual definitely came out the highest. When I thought about the results and compared it to what I have been doing for the past 12 months, I found it is correct. I personally learn more and enjoy learning more by watching… Youtube videos, craftsy videos, kit and clowder,,, and many others have been the best source of inspiration and learning for me, they are the ones that keep me coming back again and again. The downside to this is that I spend way more time watching than doing! Lol

Learning Style 1

I have purchased many books and individual tutorials also, which is also a visual way of learning, but they don’t tend to hold my attention as much as the video/live lessons and I don’t get as much out of them because I cannot physically see what the teacher is doing. I can start one because I absolutely love the image, but when it comes to finishing? I think I lose interest. With this in mind, I have decided to try completing some video tutorials over the next few months to see if that makes a difference. I may well find that my issue with finishing has more to do with “fear of failure” than the style of learning, but we will see 🙂

In what ways do you learn best? Do you know? Have you really thought about it and focussed your learning in that area? Is the way you are trying to learn holding you back? If you are not sure, you could take the personality test also and see what it says for you. It does have a price tag but I thought $39 was worth it to see what they thought 🙂

Learning Method 3
Learning Method 2


Copics in Use

Copics in Use

The best way to learn what Copics are all about is to watch them in actions… These are some of my favourite copic artists in action…

This is the best Copics “What is it all about” video that I have ever seen

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Copic Markers – What are they?

Copic Markers – What are they?

Copic Markers are alcohol based pens which you can use to write permanently on many different surfaces such as paper, leather, wood, fabrics, and plastic. They are considered the highest quality marker on the market today, and as such have a price to go with it. Each tip is hand made by artisans in Japan so you can be guaranteed of perfect workmanship every time, however, with the higher demand for them these days, you can sometimes find them very hard to get. Each marker is also hand-tested for overall quality and color consistency three times before it is shipped from Japan.

These are the markers of choice for the majority of professional illustrators because the application is very smooth, the ink doesn’t bleed (when using the right surface), and the colors blend really well. The only downside is that they are not lightfast, which makes them perfect for card making and illustrative type design, but not for something you want to hang on the wall for the next 100 years (unless you scan it and print it in archival ink which is always a great option). They are guaranteed to not dry out from non-use for 3 years because they are sealed airtight when their lids are on. They are also non-toxic which is great in case the kids run off with them!

The pens themselves come in 4 different formats:

Classic – Chisel Nib, Bullet Point Nib, square casing, 214 colours, 9 different replacement nibs, 9 refills from one bottle
Ciao – Chisel Nib, Brush Nib, round casing, 180 colours,  different nibs, 15 refills from one bottle101_ciao_nocaps
Sketch – Chisel Nib, Brush Nib, oval casing, 358 colours, 3 different replacement nibs, 12 refills from one bottle101_sketch_nocaps
Broad – very large flat nib great for doing backgrounds or large spaces, 36 colours, 2 nibs, 7 refills from one bottle101_wide_nocaps

The Copic Sketch is my marker of choice, simply because of its full colour range and brush tip and because my OCD won’t allow me to have a mix of different types LOL

All Copic markers are made to blend together to give seamless colour changes when used on the correct support such as xpressit marker card. Each pen can be refilled and have its nibs replaced, so once you have made the initial $ layout, you shouldn’t have to re-buy a full pen unless you somehow smash the actual barrel part. Refills cost around $11 each as well, and nibs vary from $15-$20 for 3 nibs.

The best place I have found to buy Copics in Australia is – Copic Sketch are $7.99 each and if your order is over $50 postage is free. They also have the full range of colours, so no picking a colour to only find out its not available. You certainly can’t beat that!