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Sketch Art Marker Quality and Value

This week I learned a few things about art markers.  The art of putting value on sketches is a learned skill that is honed by practice, patience and persistence.  Color sketching is much akin to working with grilling cheeseburgers.   That is to say, as you grill burgers over a period of time, you’ll achieve better success as you realize what works best.   In effect, becoming a good cook is very analogous to being a good artist.

Cooking with Markers

As I sketched and used the various markers in my kit, I have become aware that each has a unique purpose and use for shading and color value.  The Copic and Chameleon markers are my favorites for overall shading, Micron markers for outlining, and FineColour for affordable color.   I’ve only used FineColour markers for color shading as I currently don’t have anything other than only neutral grey Copic markers due to expensive.

Order of Quality

Copic has the highest quality due to the painting nib, next the Chameleon markers though I have to be honest and say if Chamelion had nibs on par with Copic they would be tied, and pulling up the rear was FineColour due to the a lack of painting nib.  So, quality if defined by the nib.

Order of Value

Copic markers cost about $7.50 per art marker, with Chameleon cost about $3 per marker, and FineColour markers are less than $1.00 per marker.  I believe, given the quality of the painting nibs, the Chameleon markers offer the most bang for the buck.   Please keep in mind, taht this is the opinion of someone learning how to sketch and add shading value.  

Blending color.

I used Copic blenders with each of the markers on this list, and each marker regardless of quality or value reacted in a similar manner with similar results.   The consistent blending between the markers was unexpected but welcome in that it allowed each to be used on a single project.   

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About The Author

J.W. Spencer

JW describes himself as an outdoorsman, though he is a technology professional. He is a veteran of the USMC. His undergraduate studies were taken at SWTSU, with graduate studies at Texas A&M, and the University of Texas at Austin. His hobbies include driving long distances, painting, writing, and finding interesting out of the way places. He also likes burnt toast and dark German beer. He lives deep in the Texas Hill Country at the Bull Creek Ranch with his wife Traci and their dogs - an Jack Daniels (Aussie), and Samuel Adams (Bichon Frise).

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