If you have even an inkling of Copic passion, you'll know that Marianne Walker is a sort of Copic marker guru and she's just co-authored an outstanding book to help anyone become a Copic rock star -- Copic Coloring Guide! Marianne says, "People have needed a Copic coloring book for a long time now, and we finally listened. We've been working for months on this book. This book is for beginners who want step-by-step tutorials on how to start coloring and using Copic markers. Each step-by-step technique is shown with many beautiful card examples, made by a great group of very talented papercrafters."
Paper Made Bakery has just gotten a shipment of these awesome books in stock and I can personally attest to the simple, easy-to-use format. For those of us who are visual learners and enjoy the chance to practice at our own pace, this book is going to be a wonderful addition to your crafting repertoire! Even if you've taken Copic coloring classes (or are even a certified designer, like me), you'll enjoy having this book as a reference.
Lots of people have asked me what Copic marker colors they should start their collection with. We all know that's an almost impossible question to answer, but I also know how important it is to have a starting point. I've asked the experts, and Googled the rest, to come up with what I think are some good color choices to get you started. Of course, what you're coloring determines your color choices. Some of the trickiest choices are for coloring people. There are zillions of skin & hair colors/tones, so we'll start with a beige-y color that you can layer to create a deeper tone, as needed. The skin color of choice seems to be E00 (Skin White) with a cheek/blush color of R21 (Sardonyx) or R20 (Blush). Deferring to Marianne as the expert, here is a link for providing some more insight into creating various other skin tones. A nice brown for hair might include E57 (Light Walnut).
Other favorite items to color are florals and greenery. Now, of course, these items come in a rainbow of colors, but if you were just starting out and wanted a couple good colors to begin your collection, I would suggest YG61 (Pale Moss) and YG63 (Pea Green); RV81 (Rose Pink) and RV85 (Rose Red) are good choices as well as RV63 (Begonia) and RV66 (Raspberry). These will get you a wide variety of pinks, purples, and reds for your favorite florals.