Hey guys! Recently, I’ve been working on expanding my marker collection so I can create more awesome drawings!
So far, my collection has greens, greys, browns, a few skin tones, a couple of reds, and one yellow. I’m planning on temporarily completing the collection with Yellow, Red, and Purple Spectrum Noirs and Artist’s Loft Portrait Sketch Markers, until I’m able to replace them with Copics.
For the blues, I decided to go with the #coloring markers again because they are a pretty good price and I couldn’t find any other sets that were the blues I was looking for. But the question is, are these markers really that good and will they stand up to Copics?
Here are my new markers in their packaging.
These markers are round, like Copic Ciaos, and not oval like Copic Sketches. Even though they are round, they do not roll because their caps have a little extra plastic that stops them from rolling.
The markers come with two different tips. On one end there is a brush tip, and the other end has a bullet nib.
Like Copics, they have a grey line so you can easily tell the difference between the ends when quickly switching colors and markers. However, unlike Copics, the grey line is on the bullet nib end, not the brush nib. This makes them more like Arist’s Loft Markers, so if you’re using #coloring markers in conjunction with Copics, be sure not to confuse the tips.
I already had the #coloring Nature set, so I just put the Sea set on the same page as the Nature set. Here are the colors on plain sketch paper. The colors appear very nice and saturated, especially the three blues at the bottom.
I compared BG11, BG7, and BG3 against the Copics YG17, G24, and YG11. As you can see below, the Copics blend very smoothly, but the #coloring markers take more work and still do not blend as well as I’d prefer.
Here are the results of another blending test.
So far, I’m noticing that these marker tips are a little dry compared to Copics. Although they have good color saturation, they definitely do not blend as well as Copics. Like their name suggests, these markers are better suited for coloring, like in coloring books.
Now that I have these new markers, we need to find something to draw with them! Luckily, I have an idea. But first I need to draw and ink it. That’s where the Copic Multiliners come in. I mentioned in my earlier post that I realized my Sakura Microns are in fact not compatible with alcohol markers. Since I have only recently begun focusing on my alcohol markers, I didn’t realize this until now.
Here are my new Multiliners in their packaging. Unfortunately, I discovered my Michaels does not sell Multiliners in store, so I ordered online off of Amazon instead.
This is what they look like. The caps have a clip, which makes it harder for them to roll off the table. Also, you can snap the Copic onto something, like a bag, and take it on the go with you.
I bought cool gray Multiliners, because I felt the warm gray was too brown for my purposes. The reason I bought gray was because I heard that gray is much better than black for drawing organic creatures. Gray supposedly blends with everything and makes lineart less obvious. No matter what color is laid on it, the gray will adapt.
Here’s an example of the sizing and color compared to plain black Microns. As you can see, there is no .05 Micron, at least in my pack. My .05 Multiliner was so small it almost appeared to be running dry. I’m not sure if this is because of the diminutive size of the nib, or because it may actually be running out of ink.
The other Multiliners have performed well so far.
Now I’m going to test the Multiliner against the Micron to see which one will smudge. It’s obvious that the Multiliner will win, but I just want to see if it’s really that bad to use a Micron in place of a Multiliner. And if you could use Microns without them smudging too much, it would be quite significant, because Microns are cheaper and more readily available.
First pass of Copic’s R22.
Fourth pass. I colored in a sample of what the pure Copic color. As you can see, the Micron and Faber-Castell is darker, indicating that they have been smudging and blending with the Copic. The technical pen has also blended with the Copic, but not as badly as the Faber-Castell or Micron.
So in my test, it looks like the Microns hasn’t been smudging too badly, but I have experienced some bad smudging with Microns, most notably on Lloyd’s face in my Star Wars-Ninjago parallel drawing found here.
Finally, let’s test the new products! Here are the colors I will be using:
The YG11 and the Y15 are the only Copics I am using.
I quickly drew up a Night Fury. This is the initial sketch.
I inked it and then went over it with YG11.
Then I used all of the colors in the Artist’s Loft set except for the N5 to color the right wing. On the left wing, I first used the N2 and N3.
Then I darkened with the N6, N8, and a little bit of the N10. Finally, I blended the greens and greys together with the YG11 and the N2 and N3.
Next up is the face. I applied the colors in the same order as I did the wings.
The same was done for the feet and tail. I colored in the eyes with the BG7. The spikes on the Night Fury’s head were just colored in with a Sakura Micron.
After I completed the body and tail, I noticed that the Artist’s Loft markers are really streaky. It appears that if you apply too much to the paper, the marker colors will not blend very well. I’ll have to do a little more research on that, but I’m going to chalk it up to inexperience, not the markers because the colors blended pretty well on the face.
Here I just colored in the claws and blended out the colors a bit better. This is how the drawing looked before I used the Prismacolors.
I used the Prismacolors to just cover up the streaky-ness of the body and wings. I also used the white Sakura Decorese for the highlights of the eyes.
With B1 and a Copic colorless blender, I did the sky according to a tutorial.
I was planning to do the ground like the ground in the tutorial, but then I realized that that wouldn’t really work with the Night Fury’s shape. But by then, I’d already messed up, which is why there is a dark green blob on the right side of the grass. I used BG3 as the base green and tried to cover up the splotch with it, but the BG3 didn’t really help. The Y15 was dotted in a few places as dandelions.
I then used YG11, BG7, and BG11 for the grass’ texture. Here is the picture without the Prismacolors on the grass.
And here is the final drawing with the Prismacolors and signature.
This drawing was really fun to do. I personally don’t support colored Night Fury OCs. I enjoy looking at beautiful images of them, but I don’t believe that Night Furies could canonically exist in neon colors in the HTTYD universe. However, now, I totally understand that coloring Night Furies in bright colors is really fun! This Night Fury isn’t an OC of mine or someone else’s; I just felt like drawing something other than the typical black Night Fury.
Overall, I really can’t say much for the #coloring markers. They’re good if you’re just starting out and you’re not really sure about even using alcohol markers, or for if you’re on a budget, but if you’re looking to actually get into using alcohol markers, even for just enjoyment purposes, I would not recommend these markers.
My BG1, even though it was new and I had only used it on the sky, began tearing.
I had used it only on smooth marker paper, which is not supposed to tear up nibs. I am not very happy with that. Also, these markers do not blend very well. If you are working very hard on blending them, they’re okay, but definitely not the best. Copics are much better. They are easier to blend, and Copic has colors that are similar to the ones found in #coloring sets. And if you ever need bright colors that Copic doesn’t make, you can always supplement with Prismacolor, which is also a reputable brand.
On the other hand, the Copic Multiliners did great. You can barely see the lineart in the finished product, which I like. They, of course, did not smudge at all. Buying a set of them was best for me, and I really liked the different sizes. The .05 is going to be very good for extremely small details.
After testing these products, I have my conclusion. I’m going to rate the #coloring markers 2.5 out of 5, and the Copic Multliners 5 out of 5.