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Why do we use markers? Because they're convenient, affordable and we can easily handle them, without making a mess! Handy alternatives to paints and pencils, especially designed for artists passionate about drawing, coloring, illustrating, hand lettering, bullet journal, calligraphy and many other forms of artistic expression, our markers promise to successfully suite your needs and to provide you endless possibilities to create.
Here are the most important things to consider when choosing the right markers for yourself (so they will best suit your artistic needs):
Alcohol-based markers - are fun and easy to use. One of their biggest advantages is their fast drying time. Illustrators have been using such markers for years to create cartoons, fashion designs, architectural renderings, graphic novels and more. Because they do tend to bleed through the paper, it's recommended to always choose a thick one, weighting above 90lb (243 gsm). They can sometimes have a mild odor.
Bullet Tip - also one of the most common tip shapes that you will ever find, a really generalist and not so versatile one. This type of nib can be often tricky when designing fine details and it can slow you down when in need of filling in large areas of color.
Both alcohol-based markers and water-based markers can be easily blended. Just note that the blending quality and performance are straight dependent on the type of paper you’re choosing to work with.
Blending water-based markers
Blending alcohol-based markers
This is a really smooth process, but you'll always have to be quick, because of their fast drying time (once the color dried it becomes impossible to remove, while adding more color on top of it will usually just darken the existing one). Because of their partial transparency, it's really easy to just layer colors on top of each other in order to create new tints or shades. Again, you’ll have to pay attention when choosing the right paper to work with (thicker paper, in order to avoid bleeding).