I'm generally a digital artist, but I do sometimes use markers. I have Lesat Pro-markers and they're like massive chunky things with a wide chiseled tip so you can cover large areas, but yeah, after a few uses, they do run out and they're €3.50 for a marker which is for me, enough to get the makings of dinner for a few days.
Ever tried using water-colours or water-coloured pencils for making a wash for backgrounds?
If you get some tissue paper, dip it into the chalk dust and spread it around to get different gradients. Maybe mix in a different colour too. Like pink with a bit of orange in it. If you need any help or anything, feel free to ask me.
Haha, I remember I used to color on normal printpaper and it would kill markers in a second and when painting large areas there'd be stripes and smudgyness. Schoellershammer's marker-paper is the best I've used, Copic's own marker-paper was not so good for me (although I use only Copics!) But with proper paper the ink can almost pool on the paper instead of being sucked in, and blends beautifully. Doesn't dry in a second either, so there's a small moment more to work on an area.
Paper. Some paper sucks up fluids better than others. The thing inside markers is fluid. Absorbing paper = dry markers, not absorbing paper (like special marker paper, it usually have something written on it that says it's good to use with markers) = not as dry markers. The shinier the paper, the less it absorbs, I've come to notice as a rule of thumb, sorta. Try it and see, you'll want some kind of paper that blends the colors nicely and yet doesn't bleed to much, and of course doesn't dry out the markers. Finding the right paper is an art itself, it seems to me. Or any medium, for that part.
I haven't used markers since cheap Crayolas when I was a wee lass, so I'll just add that I have to bake a birthday cake on Tuesday and after my recent flaming cookie fiasco I'm afraid to use our shitty oven.
Bonus complaint: I don't understand why I like it. (MLP that is) ha, I don't quite get it ether, but I end up watching like clock work Copic markers actually can have the ink well replaced if I remember correctly.
That would be the laws of physics my dear. Ink is not as runny as water and will take more time to soak into the nib, whose specific purpose is to NOT allow the ink out so quickly that you make a mess. lol slow down perhaps, or just use watercolors.