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March 23, 2007

Prismacolor Marker Review

So after 5 years of wanting to invest in a set of prismacolor markers I finally pulled out the visa and went for it. Here are my thoughts...

I purchased the 48 color set soley because the 72 set was not available at the local mega-chain art store where I had a coupon and Dick Blick's shipping costs are ridiculous.

I used a 50% off coupon because it would be dumb to pay full price as the mark-up on these markers is absurd.

I checked out some online reviews and tips. The best tip thus far is to keep the marker moving on the paper to avoid funny dark spots.

I started on my first project...

I quickly found that the uber bright color selection of the 48 boxed set is not ideal. I went back to the store and purchased a few warm and cool greys as well as eggshell and brick white. I still lack good skin tones. I will have to special order them but that's always a gamble as web color don't really reflect reality and shipping is a bummer.

The small end of the markers are much larger than the former design, which is good because it keeps them from drying out however I am finding it difficult to get a fine line without moving quickly which leads to errors in the direction of my lines...something I am working on.

For black lines I'm using a copic sketch (brush) marker, which is hands down my favorite possession. I would love to own a set of color copic sketch markers but they are far too rich for my blood. I've also heard good things about chartpak markers and they make a fleshtone set which seems promising.

Posted by audrey at March 23, 2007 4:22 PM


you're such a nerd... haha

Posted by: nicole at March 23, 2007 9:18 PM

I love copics! Smooooth.

Posted by: Justin at March 24, 2007 8:30 PM

since working at the art store, i've been treating myself to some copic sketch markers every couple weeks. i like their palette, and the fact that they're sustainable- assuming you can find the right refill ink.

i'm especially into E40,E41 and G20.

Posted by: todd at March 25, 2007 10:07 PM

Yeah I was wondering about the refill ink in colors. I refill my black one but it runs out of ink real fast. If I invested in colors would I have to refill them all the time too? That would be double pricey.

Posted by: audrey at March 26, 2007 11:14 AM

Love Prismacolor and Pantone Markers and I wish I was American as the shipping in the U.S.A.is maybe $5 for a certain size parcel from state to state, BUT from the States to Canada is would be $18 for the same parcel!!!!!

That's my vent lol! Now for some great advice.
Look in eBay for Pantone markers and Prismacolor Markers ( and Coptic too ), there are some amazing deals for sets and make sure you look once a week as theirs always new sets coming on eBay. Never buy two months or less before Christmas as that's when the prices are high. Ann Hoy

Posted by: Ann Hoy at May 13, 2007 12:39 AM

Copics are great I wish I had them...a lot of artist I've seen who use them have great quality artwork.

I can't afford the copic markers...I have a set of 48 Prismacolor pencils

I could've bought them I had more than enough at the time but nah, I'ma work on my penciling instead...I don't think I could handle markers

Posted by: Maffy at July 19, 2008 5:45 PM

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