I ended up using my copics. I have to say some of the tips that I have read I have made a huge difference. I still haven't figured out hilighting yet. However, the picking up one color with another has helped a lot. Especially since most of my colors are darker. I am going to start going to Hobby Lobby and picking up a color here and there with their 40% off coupons.
Take care and remember Easter comes in March this year.