Alternatives to Copic Markers:

In the world of art, the quality of the materials and tools you use will greatly affect how your final piece looks. However, some of these things cost a fair amount of money which isn’t something everyone has. One of the biggest coloring methods artists use is coloring with Copic Markers. This technique makes the finished drawing colorful, crisp, and clean. Unfortunately as I stated before, Copics are one of the tools that can cost quite a bit of money. Therefore, in today’s article we will be looking at different types of markers artists use as alternatives to Copics, and the pros and cons of each!

Before I tell you about the other markers, I should probably give you a little information about Copics first. Copic Markers are alcohol-based, dual ended, and available in a variety of different colors. They are refillable, you can easily mix your own colors, the nibs can be replaced, there is little odor, you can’t see overlapping lines, and they dry quickly. However, Copics are hard to find and they’re expensive to buy. Copics usually cost around $7.99 for one marker.

1. Prismacolor Markers

Prismacolor Markers and Copics are two of the most popular brands for artist’s markers. They have rich colors, the ink flows smoothly, double ended, easy to find, and the shape of the marker makes them easy to hold. On the downside, Prismacolor Markers have a bad odor, you can see the overlapped lines, the marker nibs can’t be removed or refilled, there aren’t as many color options as the other brands of markers, and the nibs can get worn down easily. It usually costs around $5.99 for one marker.

2. Promarkers

Promarkers function a lot like Copics do, and they share the similarity of being double ended and alcohol based. With that said, you’ll get nearly the same results with these markers vs Copic Markers. These markers are a lot cheaper than Copics, and the sets are themed (Spring, Summer, Christmas, Pastels, etc.), It’s been said that they also hold around 30% more ink than Copic Markers do. Promarkers also have a chunkier build, which can be both a pro and con depending on the style of marker you like. A couple downsides to these markers are that they aren’t numbered like Copic Markers are, so it might be difficult to match certain colors, and they aren’t refillable markers. Depending on where you buy them, Promarkers can cost anywhere from $3 to $5 for one marker.

3. Twin Touch Markers

Twin Touch Markers are also highly comparable to Copics. These markers are alcohol-based, refillable, the nibs can be replaced, there are 204 colors to choose from, the color name and family are on the cap of the marker for easy reference, and they’re easy to find. The disadvantages of these markers is the fact that they seem to be a bit dryer than Copics, and the brush tip seems to be gummy (meaning that it wants to stick to the page). Twin Touch Markers can cost anywhere from $3.40 to $5.80 for one marker.

        After looking at the pros and cons of each of these markers you can see that each one is different and unique in their own way, but they’re all good markers! Truthfully, the best marker out of the ones listed really depends on what you’re planning on using them for and what your budget is. It also depends on how big of an area you’re planning on coloring, how often you’re going to use them, and more. Nevertheless, I hope I was able to give some helpful information on these different types of markers!

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Sources:

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/tool-product-talk-f128/promarkers-t522551.html

https://keetonsonline.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/the-ultimate-battle-is-on-prismacolor-vs-copic-markers/

http://nattosoup.blogspot.ca/2013/02/art-marker-showdown-copic-sketch-vs.html

https://www.amazon.com/Sargent-Art-22-1591-50-Count-Classic/dp/B005V9VBU8

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