Thursday, October 05, 2017

Comparing Chameleon Markers: Chameleon Vs Copic (and other alcohol markers)

Few marker artists have a homogenous marker collection- as you collect Copics you discover holes in the color family, and purchase other types of markers to augment those weak areas.  Or perhaps you started out with inexpensive markers, like Prismacolor or Blick Studio Brush markers, and are slowly collecting Copics, but you still have a mixed collection.

As an alcohol marker artist, I strongly advocate a mixed collection of markers.  I have large collections of Copic, Blick Studio Brush Markers, Prismacolor markers, and now, Chameleon Color Top markers.  In my alcohol marker tutorials on Youtube, I frequently demonstrate the benefits of a blended marker collection.

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Markers Compared:
Chameleon+Color Top
Prismacolor
Copic Sketch
Copic Ciao
Touoh
Stylefile

Blenders Tested:
Copic
Prismacolor
Chartpak AD
99% Isopropl Alcohol

The Lineup:

Comparison photo of Chameleon Color Tone marker, Sharpie Brush marker, Prismacolor Brush marker, Stylefile marker, Copic Sketch marker, and Chameleon Color Top

Top to bottom:  Chameleon Color Top, Copic Sketch, Stylefile Marker, Prismacolor Marker, Sharpie Brush Marker, Chameleon Color Tone Marker

As you can see in this blurry photo, the Chameleon is the largest alcohol marker in my collection, and possibly the longest alcohol marker on the market.


Chameleon Color Tone markers have the family name and number listed on the barrel, as well as on the two tops.
Color Number (GR2)
Color Name (Dark Sage)


A representation of the ink color is also used as the accent color on the barrel of the marker.


Comparison photo of Chameleon Color Tone marker, Sharpie Brush marker, Prismacolor Brush marker, Stylefile marker, Copic Sketch marker, and Chameleon Color Top

Comparison photo of Chameleon Color Tone marker, Sharpie Brush marker, Prismacolor Brush marker, Stylefile marker, Copic Sketch marker, and Chameleon Color Top
To the left: alcohol markers
To the right: Alcohol blenders- Chartpak Ad Pro, Prismacolor, Copic

When the blending chamber and cap is removed, Chameleon is the smallest marker in my marker collection.


A demonstration of how the blending chamber should be held to the marker tip you wish infused.   Chameleon Color Tones come with a colorless blending chamber for every marker, Chameleon Color tops are a repurposed blending chamber filled with alcohol ink.


Top: Chameleon blending chamber
Bottom: Chameleon Color Top



Demonstration of using a Chameleon Color Top to infuse the Chameleon Color Tone marker of your choice.

Comparison photo of Chameleon Color Tone marker, Sharpie Brush marker, Prismacolor Brush marker, Stylefile marker, Copic Sketch marker, and Chameleon Color Top

Demonstration of how color gradually blends using the Color Top (green) and the Color Tone (red)

Alcohol Blender Testing

Demonstration of various alcohol blending markers with the Chameleon Color Tone.  From top to bottom: Chartpak Ad Pro (xylene based), Prismacolor, Copic

Cross Compatibility Testing


Blending demonstration- Color Top was applied to a Neopiko marker and allowed to infuse, then blended out.


Color top applied to a Copic Sketch Marker, and allowed to infuse, then blended out.


From Left to Right: Stylefile, Uncapped Chameleon Marker, Copic Sketch, Copic Ciao, Neopiko
Bottom: Prismacolor Marker
Comparison photo of Chameleon Color Tone marker, Sharpie Brush marker, Prismacolor Brush marker, Stylefile marker, Copic Sketch marker, and Chameleon Color Top
Left to Right: Prismacolor, Copic Ciao, Neopiko, Copic Sketch, Stylefile, Chameleon Color Tone


For the full demonstration, including multi marker cross compatibility testing and commentary, keep an eye on my Youtube Channel for the video demonstration.