Monday, March 19, 2018

My Top 5 Alcohol Markers

My Top 5 Alcohol Markers 


Over the years, I've had the opportunity to review dozens of alcohol markers.  I've formed distinct tastes, and have a cadre of favorites I reach for time and again.  But I've found, in the myriad of reviews I've created, my actual recommendations sometimes get lost, and sometimes change, so I thought 2018 was a great time to revisit my Top 5 Alcohol Markers!

alcohol markers, Prismacolor markers, Copic markers, Blick Studio Brush Markers, Shin Han Twin Touch markers

Marker Rec Number 1: Copic Sketch Markers


Copic Sketch Markers


Copic Sketch- Super brush, larger ink compacity, available in empty
Total Number of Colors: 214 Colors in Family
Brush Type: Foam rubber
Refillable- Yes
Replaceable Nibs- Yes
Easy to Find- Very
Where to buy:
Most art supplies stores will carry Copic markers
DickBlick
Jerry's Artarama
Michael's
Tutorials


Marker Rec Number 2: Copic Ciao Markers


Copic Ciao Markers

Copic Ciao- Sketch's cheaper baby sister.  Also refillable, replacable nibs.  No empty bodies available.  Color name and family not on the cap.  Available in a much smaller range of colors.
Total Number of Colors: 180 Colors In Family
Brush Type- Foam Rubber
Refillable-Yes
Replaceable Nibs- Yes
Easy to Find- A bit rarer than Copic Sketch markers
Where to Buy
DickBlick
Jerry's Artarama
Amazon
Tutorials 


Marker Rec Number 3: Blick Studio Brush Markers


Blick Studio Brush Markers

Blick Studio Brush- Non refillable, CHEAP, available in sets or openstock, a great Copic dupe
Total Number of Colors:  97 including blender
Brush Type: Foam Rubber
Refillable: No
Replaceable Nibs: No
Easy to Find: Only available through or in DickBlick
Where to buy:
DickBlick 
Review


Marker Rec Number 4: Prismacolor Markers (Brush Tip)

Prismacolor Markers

Prismacolor- Those Neons, true purples, blues, and bluegreens.  Fills holes Copic leaves in the collection
Total Number of Colors: 200 Colors
Brush Type- Foam Rubber
Refillable- No
Replaceable Nibs- No
Easy to Find- Very
Where to buy:
Most art supply stores carry Prismacolor markers
Michaels
Dick Blick
Jerry's Artarama
Reviews



Marker Rec Number 5: ShinHan Twin Touch Markers (Brush tip)


ShinHan Twin Touch Markers

Shin Han Twin Touch- A little harder to find than Copic, slightly cheaper, all the features of Copic markers (refillable, replacable brushes) in a different body.
Total Number of Colors- 204
Brush Type- Foam rubber
Refillable- Yes
Replaceable Nibs- Yes
Easy to Find: Not necessarily
Where To buy:
DickBlick
Jerry'sArtarama
Flax (San Francisco)
Where to buy refills: MarkerPop
Note:  There are A LOT of Shinhan Twin Touch knockoffs out there- on Amazon, Ali Express, Wish, Ebay, ect.
Reviews

Honorable Mention: Crayola Blending Markers

Crayola Blending Markers


Honorable Mention- Crayola Blending Markers- Super cheap, even sold at Walmart.
Total Number of Colors: 15 counting blender
Brush Type: Fiber
Refillable: No
Replaceable Nibs: No
Easy to Find: Increasingly so
Where to buy:
Amazon
Crayola.com
Reviews

The below illustrations were completed with a variety of alcohol markers and inks.

Copic Marker, Marvy LePlume Small Brush, Ranger Adirondack Inks, Blick Studio Brush Marker
Copic Marker, Marvy LePlume Small Brush, Ranger Adirondack Inks, Blick Studio Brush Marker

Copic Marker, Blick Studio Brush Markers
Copic Marker, Blick Studio Brush Markers

Ranger Adirondack Inks, Copic Markers, Prismacolor Markers
Ranger Adirondack Inks, Copic Markers, Prismacolor Markers

Copic markers, Prismacolor Markers, Blick Studio Brush Markers
Copic markers, Prismacolor Markers, Blick Studio Brush Markers

Prismacolor markers, Copic Markers, Blick Studio Brush Markers
Prismacolor markers, Copic Markers, Blick Studio Brush Markers 

Copic markers, Shin Han Twin Touch Markers, watercolor
Copic markers, Shin Han Twin Touch Markers, watercolor 

Left to Right: Prismacolor Markers, Shin Han Twin Touch Markers, Blick Studio Brush Markers, Copic Ciao Markers, Copic Sketch Markers, Crayola Blending Markers 

Top to bottom: Prismacolor, Shin Han Twin Touch, Blick Studio Brush, Copic Ciao, Copic Sketch, Crayola Blending 


I hope this post inspired a couple new favorites and perhaps helped inform future buying decisions.

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