Hiding Mistakes and Enhancing Color Separation with Copic Opaque White

It’s far easier to erase your mistakes when you’re a penciler and your final piece is in pencil.

When you’re an inker, your mistakes is a little more permanent.

This is why professional and amateur artists prefer to use Copic Opaque White.

Copic Opaque White
Copic Opaque White Bottle with Fine Brush attached to the cap

This little bottle holds about 7ml of whiteout-like fluid. It comes with a fine brush attached to the cap and it is remarkably easy to control.

The Copic Opaque White fine brush as shown.

You can create color separation or special effects with this Copic white paint. Also, you can adjust the thickness of your lines with the fine brush.

Personally, I use this to whiteout my mistakes while inking but sometimes I use it to separate colors between shadows and effects.

Here you can see my version of The Swamp Thing using this Copic Opaque White around the nose, and chin areas.

I’ve been relying on this Copic white bottle to enhance some of my finished pieces. Whenever a character needs a white line or color separation, I reach for this little bottle.

The product comes in two sizes. The bigger jar will not come with a brush, but if you have your own fine brush, that’s the size for you.

For this Cyclops piece, I decided to age him a little by giving him gray hair. I used the Copic White to outline side of his head and separate the dark gray hairs. This creates a lighting effect and shine. I also used the Copic White to manage my inking errors around the eyes, and hair.

For this Cyclops portrait, you can see that I used the Copic Opaque white under his chin to highlight the light and make his head pop out of this neck line.

I’ve highlighted some of the positives ways the Copic white can improve your art process.

But, here is the one thing that I don’t like so much about it.

It dries fast. This may or may not be a bad thing, but if you notice in one of the pictures above, there’s a collection of dried up white around the rim of the open bottle.

Whenever I would apply the white over my inks, I always make sure to wipe it on scrap paper first. This is because the brush would usually have some of the dried up fluid on it and when you drop it down, it will have a gritty feel.

Fast drying is usually a good thing when it comes to ink work. For me, I like being able to smear the white over some areas to create a smoky, faded look.

For my inking and coloring projects, I rely on Copic Opaque white to add that detailed finished touch. Check it out on Amazon for under $10.