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Marker Comparison Guide 3.6.6 by MJTannacore Marker Comparison Guide 3.6.6 by MJTannacore
Updated August 13, 2012

Version 3.6.6

Added the following brands:
Letraset FlexMarkers
Marvy LePlume Permanent Markers
StyleFile Markers
Spectrum Noir Markers
Utrecht Design Markers

Updated the description on the following:
Prismacolors
Neopiko Deleters
Letraset Trias
Letraset ProMarkers
Shin Han Touch
Alpha Design Markers

Sorry I took so long to update the guide (and sorry I couldn't get the picture for the Utrecht Markers, we're in the middle of revamping the house and I couldn't find the case).
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Bloodroze177 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Faber castell pitt markers are what I use though I am new to markers I really like them
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AC-Art-Studio Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Copic
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Aralon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for making this:) I don't now if you still update it, but regarding the shinhan markers (both types). The updated versions are refillable and have replaceable nibs:)
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
I do still try to update it, but it's getting harder to find new markers to add :)  I haven't gotten any of the new Shin Han markers, but I haven't seen the refills anywhere (although I did hear they are refillable).
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ByeHalcyonDays596 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
How to use please? All I see is a picture that says marker comparison guide 3!
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Click "download" on the right hand side of the page. It will allow you to download a pdf file (or the zip file containing the pdf, I forget which).
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ByeHalcyonDays596 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Ohhhhhhh! Thanks!
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
No problem. Hope it helps :)
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AHochrein2010 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for sharing this, Mark!
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
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scrapweaver Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Mark,
Hey Michelle Houghton here you commented on a marker comparison I wrote at Get It Scrapped. I have to say color me impressed! Great information. The main reason I started writing the comparisons myself was I could not find the info out there anywhere else. I have 5 more sets of markers that I was already planning on working through, all alcohol so I will start adding to my pile up as well. I am not sure your write up does not come up when I had googled looking for info but thanks again for touching base!
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Looking forward to reading them! May I ask what the other sets are? (anything not in my marker guide that I might want to add in the next update?)
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scrapweaver Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I am doing 4 that you have done and 1 that is a new crafting marker, I didn't see it at first glance. The ones you have are Dick Blick Studio Markers, Kuretake Kurecolor Markers, Marvy Le Plume, Prismacolor Premier, and the one that you have not done is American Crafts Chromatics.
I will be writing all of them over the next 6-8 months altrenating with the other tutorials I am writing for two sites. But if you want I will keep in touch and let you know when they are popping up.
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I heard of those American Crafts Chromatics. I was looking online and couldn't find a place to buy them though. I see on American Crafts site they refer them also as "Chromatix", which is probably adding to the confusion :D Definitely keep me in touch! I always look forward to other people's input (remember: my guide is based on *my* experiences. It's always a "your mileage may vary" situation).
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scrapweaver Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL yep. i think I only added that note to my comparisons about 100 times! "This is my opinion only" I found the Chromatics about 3-4 weeks ago at a Micheal's store when I was just walking through. Spent a ton of time looking on line as well with no luck and then they were just there on the shelf!
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marikit Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kurecolors have nice skin tones right now. They just updated!
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Where do you usually get your kurecolors? The site I found them on doesn't seem to update their selection to regularly :(
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marikit Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i get them from my local stationary store and art shop. Devoir and National Bookstore here in the Philippines. They have fairly new shades like Ivory, Champagne , English Rose in the 418-420 series. even 424 and 425 .. they added a ton of skintones
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Thanks for including shades/numbers, definitely made it easier to search. Sadly, I don't think I can get them in the US (I checked the site I normally get them from, and they definitely haven't updated).
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marikit Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmmm... ill search for a site that delivers in the US for you if you want. It's nice, Ivory is definitely nice
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Which kurecolor markers are you referring to? I can't find those colors in the Kurecolor Twin or Twin S markers, but I did find them in the Kurecolor manga/mangaka dual tipped markers on Amazon (yes, I ordered Champagne, Ivory, English Rose, Rose Beige, Brick Beige and Porcelain). They're thinner than the Twin/Twin S markers, but they're also alcohol ink (I'm betting they're the same ink, so getting these skin tones will help me test the marker quality). Thank you again for pointing the new colors out to me. I hope other brands (especially Utrecht) add more flesh tones. I'm such a picky stickler for such things :p
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marikit Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah I know what you mean. Iahave the twin tipped huge barreled ones. I need to get the brush tipped ones. It's been a challenge with these but i am still learning
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Gwolfy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very much! :)
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undeadincaptivity Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
I liked this review it was honest, however I've tried the pantone markers before when I was playing around with markers, and I felt like you were a little nice on the review. xD those markers were awful, they dried out quickly, the color was streaky, and I wish I'd never spent money on them. (I would recommend they get burned, and taken off the market. but I would never recommend them to a person) I know it's an opinion thing but ._. eh. I do agree about the numbering system and shape though.
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Maybe you got a bad batch? Mine are still going strong, and I've never had trouble with streaking (in fact, they've blended better than most of the markers in the guide).
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undeadincaptivity Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't know. But I'm not willing to spend money on them again after my experience.
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FizzingInk Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
I was looking for a replacement for my prismacolours because I'm really not fond of them.. My friend is into graffiti and he recommended touch, while I always wanted to try Copic but they seemed so expensive. THANK YOU FOR THIS, it's actually so helpful you have no idea. :DDD

Now I know what to ask for for Christmas, hehehe.
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lupienne Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a really great comparison guide. I too have quite a love for markers. I've just about most of them on the list, with the exception of neopiko (want to try these), tri-art (meh), pro-marker (I do have the aqua kind, which are pretty cool!), kurecolor (also want to try these!) and the alpha design (which sound like too much trouble to aquire. ;))

My first pro markers were the prismacolor, which seems to be the common case. I still like them. My favorite is, however, dun dun dun... NOT the copics, but the chartpak! Yeah they reek, and they can be quite dodgy in the bleeding department. (though not so bad on certain paper) But I love the coverage, the juiciness and the way the colors almost melt together. I don't usually use them solely though, they really DO need less 'bloody' markers for the detailed areas. I do see they have a 'fine point' version now, but it would still bleed the same I'm sure!
Not to say I don't like copics. They do blend quite sexily together but they have drawbacks too, just like any marker.

Anyhoo, cool guide... looking foward to seeing any updates. If funds permit, of course ;) *shakes fist at expensive markers*
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Chartpaks do have a finer point version now, but I don't know how much easier it is to work with. As for the Alpha Design, well you're in luck. They finally have a US release under the name "Mexpy". Dickblick.com has them now.
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lupienne Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the info! I'll have to add a couple of the mexpy's to my order next time I buy from them. ^^
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indigosketch Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Always interesting to read some marker geekery :) But I'll never for the life of me understand why copics are so popular. Okay, they blend nicely. But they're terrible and streaky for covering large areas, leave white specks, run out quickly and are insanely expensive, and although there are a lot of colours, they're too bright and lack subtle shades, and a lot of them are near duplicates... and this might just be me but the caps have popped off some of my copic ciao in storage and they ran out.

I like me some Promarkers. I actually prefer them to Trias and you can buy an extra fine nib for them now. And you just need to give the cap a little twist to remove it. What a jessy, hehe ;)
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Did... did you just call me a 'jessy'? (and yes, I looked it up :p)

Yeah, it seems they are trying to make the promarkers what the pantone trias used to be. I prefer the promarkers to the trias too, because the quality consistency is better (but trias have more variety, so...). Have you tried their new "Flexmarker" yet?
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Dead-Squid Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Suggestion for a New-ish marker brand that seems to work pretty well and blends pretty well. They're called Utrecht markers and are great IMO. They blend really well with prismas and have a decent skin tone selection. :3 But i would love to see you're opinion. they're actually quite cheap also (2 bucks a marker and when its on sale it can be as low as 1 dollar and sales happen quite often). Though they are fairly small they hold a decent amount of ink.
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
In the next update (I'm trying not to update it TOO much, as I want each version to still be viable on it's own, and want to give each brand I try a fair amount of time to give it a fair review), but I do have some Utrecht Design Markers, as well as several other new brands (including one that's so relatively new to the market, they haven't even started production on the refills and nib replacements yet!).

I do ask though, what colors on the Utrecht markers do you have for skin tones? I only have the fleshtone light (as far as what I'd consider a skin tone). I was a little "meh" on the skin tone selection, but if you can give me a few suggestions I may order them and rethink the skin tone issue :)

Thanks again, and keep the suggestions coming!
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Dead-Squid Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
The skin tones I use (especially for very pale tones in which i have trouble finding" is Buff, Ivory and Putty for really pale skin tones. For medium tones i'd use Fleshtone light or oatmeal. Those are typically all the "standard" Skin tones. :3.
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
See, this is kind of where I have a problem. I do have fleshtone light and oatmeal. I don't generally go in for the really pale tones, but I understand why some people do (and I like tones like buff, ivory and putty for other things). Thing is, all skin types have some degree of peach tone (blood vessels near the surface of the skin). I think every decent marker set should have a good set (at least 2-3 colors) for adding peach tones into skin. I didn't see those tones with the Utrecht markers. They cover quite well, and blend well too. But unless they expand the color set within the next few months...

Thanks again for your suggestions and help! :)
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Dead-Squid Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
No problem and i see what you mean. Yeah sadly it doesn't have enough peach tones. Hopefully they'll expand thhe colors soon
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icywolfy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Suggestion for the Copic Marker section.
You have " Again, each color gets a letter/name, and a number. However the numbers don’t quite go in tonal succession"
But the system is a standard. And should be described as "A letter and two numbers - the first number is the saturation 0 (pure/vibrant) - 9 (muted/greyed) the second number is the brightness 0 (light) 9 (dark)
So, R20 25 29 would represent different intensity of the same colour tone. (so a natural highlight-midrange-shadow).
While R05, 55, 95 would represent the same lightness of red, but getting increasingly muted (toned to grey)

But great comparison overall
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
You're right. I was doing a bit more research into the copic system. My main issue was, a 15 will blend nicely with a 16 (of the same color), but not necessarily with a 17. And a lot of the hues (the first number) don't always go 15, 16, 17, etc. They skip numbers, but even the successive numbers aren't always good blends.
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iwillburnyou Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I've been meaning to buy some markers to test them up and see if I could work with them, so this really helps me. Thank you for sharing ^^
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Kama-ItaeteXIII Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing. I'm trying to convince myself I'm ready for markers and move on from crayons and coloured pencils, but I really didn't know which to by so I've been using watercolour for most of my traditional pieces. With this, at least I have a starting guide! Thank you so much!
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
:+fav: Congratulations on your DD! You've been featured in the article, January 2011 Resources DDs.
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Ennun Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
nice
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klein-shin01 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
The most helpful guide to buying markers =DDD
Thanks so much for sharing!
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ripplednell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
This was lovely! Thank you! Especially for saving me from buying a new Pitt brush pens! the nibs are indeed double ended, so I just flipped it around and tada! new pen! :heart:
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Magictwinfan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
very usefull :)
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BlackThornRose Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Congratulation on your DD! :)
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yasteen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Thanks for posting this! I've read about some of the brands before, but didn't know there's so MANY!
And that trick about PITT marker tip just saved me buying a new marker =D
Also, the part about Copic Aribrush + other brand markers made me curious and I made a little experiment... I have a few Sketch and mostly Ciao markers (I went stright for the expensive brand, but no regrets, I've totally fallen for Copics X3), but out of curiosity I got a couple of Promarkers. It turns out Promarkers can be used with Copic Airbrush as well! You just need to pull out the broad nib a little (6 mm should be enough) and then secure the marker while using the airbrush. I tried it out with only one Promarker, but it sprayed very nicely. The fact made me really happy because Promarkers are the only alcohol based markers available at my local art store :)
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Letraset has their own airjet, so it doesn't surprise me that you got a good spray. The markers I advocated for use with the Copic system actually snap in/fit in securely. You could probably use most markers with it, but since many of them would depend upon you holding them steady in the sprayer, I didn't want to outright advocate it. However I always advocate experimentation and trial and error :) I actually have an original Copic marker that I've put white drawing ink (and a little copic blender to keep it 'loose') just so I can use it to airbrush some white (sometimes I still have to drip some white ink onto the broad nib right before spraying, but it still works).
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yasteen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Ah, that's right, there's the Letraset Aribrush Letrajet. Looks simpler then the Copic one... But I must give a try to the white ink+Copic marker combo! Actually a thought of getting a regular paint airbrush, just for spraying some white, crossed my mind.
Experimenting is definitely fun (well, as long as doesn't lead to serious tool damage). I poured some strong alcohol (95%) in an empty Ciao and it works nice for special effects when Copic blender is not enough :)
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