I've had so many emails about copic colors I thought I'd post this here. It is my opinion that in starting your copic collection, you should look at your images that you plan to color, and determine the markers to purchase that way. If you will be coloring animals then a larger selection of browns, oranges, and greys will be best. If you will be coloring people, don't forget the flesh tones. If you are coloring plants and flowers, make sure you get a few good greens, pinks and reds.
Once you have determined the color families you need, then it is a good idea to purchase 3-4 shades of color in that family. If you need a grey blue, for instance, make sure to purchase a very light grey blue, a light grey blue, a medium grey blue and a dark grey blue. That way you can take full advantage of the blending capabilities these markers allow.
You should also get a good grey (C1 or C2)so that you can add shadowing to your images.
This is the list of 43 markers I got on my first copic shopping spree:
V: 91,93, 95
RV: 13, 23, 34,
R: 02, 20, 22, 27, 35, 81, 83
YR: 15, 21, 23, 68
G: 21, 24, 28, 40, 99
BG: 01, 05, 72, 75, 78
B: 21, 24, 45
E: 0000, 02, 13, 25, 27, 29, 35, 37, 39
I planned to color mostly my Bella stamps, a few Rileys, and these colors also seemed to match my CTMH supplies really well.
Finally, for the best place to purchase Copics that I have found, go to www.carpediemstore.com. Sketch markers are $3.95 each! What a bargain!