Attention coloring enthusiasts, hobby colorists and professional animators and designers of all paths. We are so happy to bring you this list of the BEST art markers out there, with high ratings from other artists in the industry!
This list of the best art markers range in price and the sets being considered are great for professional use but are easy enough to use for those just getting into it. It is really a matter of preference, pigment load desire and how much you want to spend. So let's get into some art markers!
As I was saying above, when considering industry favorites, we based this best art marker list on the popularity of the art markers amongst artists, the pigment load, the quality of markers, the selection of color as well and added on a few other factors afterward such as portability and storage options.
Coloring with art markers, whether you do it professionally or for fun, is an enjoyable pastime that brings back memories of Crayola and Mr.Sketch Scented markers. Remember those!? You could always tell when you were playing with those scented markers at school as you would come home with ink dots of blueberry and cinnamon on your nose! Hah! Ahh good times, good times.
Well, markers have come a long way since those days. And in no particular order, here are the best art markers available to beginners to professionals.
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We are starting off this list with our personal favorite art marker: the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. No, they are not pens, they are markers, and we think they are pretty amazing and versatile art markers!
We use our Tombow Dual Brush Pens for a ton of tutorials here on DIY Craft Club, from our Simple Floral Doodle series on YouTube to our many bullet journal and planner spreads, to cardmaking and even decorating Easter Eggs! We have even used Tombow Dual Brush Pens as Watercolors, which we LOVED because they are easy to transport when traveling and are truly so versatile.
You can see how the Tombows work in all of those tutorials, I will link to some of our Tombow-related tutorials for you below if you want some further research on these art markers.
Here are some videos from our YouTube channel where we used Tombow Dual Brush Pens on different mediums
Art Markers: Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens on picture frame mats
Art Markers: Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens on vintage book pages
Art Markers: Tombow Dual Brush Pens on handmade cards on printer paper
Here are some more links to other articles we have done with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
To see all of our articles using Tombow Dual Brush Pens, just type "Tombow" into our search bar! We have written quite a lot about them :)
Copic markers are some of the most popular and highly-praised art markers among illustrators, artists, and specifically manga artists because of their massive range of colors and medium broad and flexible brush nibs.
These low-odor art markers will give you an outstanding performance for professionals and for those of you who are just starting out. These alcohol-based markers are ideal for fine lines, illustration, and caricature.
The ink in the Copic art markers is permanent, non-toxic and acid-free. Keep them out of high temperatures and away from direct sunlight.
And be aware that since these are alcohol-based, they will most likely ghost through any regular papers.
If you are interested in the Copic Art Markers above but you are not ready to invest into a whole set, then Copic singles are available. How great!
These art marker singles are available in all of the Copic colors. You can choose from their dropdown list of the colors that you want to try out.
Again, they are alcohol-based markers that are permanent, non-toxic and acid-free just like the originals. So if you want to try Copic for your illustrations, doodles, professional art, and manga or anime and can't decide if you want to go ahead with the full color set as we mentioned above, this is a really great option for you.
The EverBlend Art Markers by Arteza comes in a stunning 60 highly pigmented makers that are perfect for drawing, coloring, designing, sketching and hand-lettering, an art form that is quite popular right now among bullet journalists and planners!
It has a dual-tip design with the fine tip measuring at 0.11" and the larger end, a chisel tip, measuring at 0.24". The ink in the EverBlend art marker set is alcohol and is permanent once applied, however, the ink blends beautifully while it is still wet using the clear blender that is included in the set.
The set also comes with a carrying case to keep everything organized, and it sits at a great price point for everything you get with this art marker set.
I should also mention this set has almost 5-star reviews across the board on their website.
The Ohuhu art markers are gaining popularity among artists because of their lower price point while maintaining high-quality pigments.
This set of art markers comes with dual tips, like the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. These dual-tipped art markers have a fine tip at one end and a chiseled tip at the other end. So these art markers are good for drawing both thin and thick lines.
Keep in mind that the chiseled end is hard, not soft though like the Tombows.
If you like fast-drying markers, then you will really like these art markers because they dry quickly.
If you are on a budget, these are one of the best art marker sets for the price.
Attention animators and anyone looking for smooth colors that blend super well together and that can be layered beautifully for a realistic effect: let me introduce you to Stylefile art markers.
Developed and designed by artists for artists, Stylefile Markers offers high-quality art markers while maintaining a good price point.
Stylefile art markers use alcohol-based ink, making them odorless. They are well-suited for drawing paper these markers are great for fashion designers, product designers, architects, artists, graffiti artists, illustrators as well as comic strip and manga artists.
What is really great about Stylefile art markers, is that they have developed a tool that you can use for blending their colors effortlessly in your designs, called a "blender".
The Stylefinder blender is used to create fluid and smooth transitions or to lighten up colors you are using. You will need to use the blender immediately after you lay down your pigment from the art marker.
I'll bet you have heard of these art markers before. Long toted as some of the best art markers, Uni Posca markers are well known in the industry for their ease of use and high-quality graphic effects and high pigment loads.
Uni Posca is an art marker that is used by both professionals and amateurs as the inks are super highly pigmented.
What we really love about these art markers is that if they have not been used for a while or dry out, they can be brought back to life easily. The marker's mechanism and valve system can be re-saturated with the paint.
Posca has all of the instructions for re-saturating dried out art markers on their website.
Here is an interesting fact for you, many beekeepers use Uni Posca art markers to mark their Queen Bee due to high pigment!
Chameleon is all about bringing patented technologies to artists of every level, offering a unique experience in creating depth, dimension, and gradients in your art piece. Plus, they're a great price!
When we were meeting about creating this list of best art markers, there was a discussion as to whether we include the Chameleon Color Tops as one of the best art markers, or the Chameleon Pens. We decided to include both, so be sure to check out number 8 as well!
As for the Chameleon Color Tops Art Markers, they come with a mixing chamber right in the art marker. When you take this mixing chamber off, you can pop a different color top on in its place. That different color then infuses into the tip of your Chameleon marker, so when you lay the pigment down, the infused color comes out until it gradually fades into the first color, creating an absolutely seamless gradient of your two color choices!
Chameleon Pens are very similar to the Chameleon Color Tops art markers we featured in number 7, but instead of seamlessly blending from one color to another, these art markers fade the color you are using, creating a gradient from your pigmented color to a lighter and lighter version of the color you are using.
The Chameleon Pen does this by adding a toning medium that you fuse in the marker chamber, just the Color Tops.
The Chameleon Pens can really create unique, beautiful pieces achieving a style that is not normally able to achieve through the use of art markers, alone.
Illustrator is Spectrum Noir's professional dual-tipped art marker for sketching, drawing, and illustration. They offer a beautiful range of colors for the professional artist, but this doesn't mean that a beginner can't learn with them.
These art markers have been formulated with an alcohol base using high-grade artist-quality dyes for ultra-smooth color while achieving the right amount of overlay. The fine tip is great for the details while the brush top is softer and is flexible for smooth blending. In fact, the Illustrator Artist's Markers were developed alongside Spectrum Nori's popular Graphic art marker, the difference is the flexibility in the larger ended brush tip.
The Graphic art marker tip is more of a hard-edged, chisel tip while the Illustrators provides gentle flexibility.
In the image below taken from Spectrum Noir's website, you can see just how soft their Illustrator Artist's Markers can be while still providing realistic detail and accuracy.
There is a wide selection of color choice (216 colors specifically!) but what we really like, is that you can purchase in singles to try them out if you would like.
These alcohol-based markers are creating quite a buzz in the art community. Many people out there are calling these art markers the cheaper alternative to Copic art markers.
The inks are easy to blend and they come in the popular dual-tip style, with many colors available in their packs.
Another great art marker offering a dual-tip design, these Prismacolor art markers are good for beginner artists to advanced.
If the name Prismacolor sounds familiar to you, there is a good reason! Prismacolor was founded in 1856 (!) as the Eagle Pencil Company in New York City and launched Eagle Prismacolor Colored Pencils in 1938. in 1969, Eagle Pencil Company was purchased by Berol Ltd.
In 1984, Berol introduced the Chisel/Fine Dual-Ended which totally revolutionized commercial art rendering.
The iconic design still remains the same to this day, and the art markers are still highly regarded as a consumer favorite.
These pens are premium quality. They have a water-based formula that will dry quickly, and you can use these paint pens on light or dark surfaces.
The fine tips make them perfect for detailed work. These art markers will give you an opaque and glossy finish on light and dark surfaces. So if you are into hand lettering onto dark paper, you might want to grab yourself a pack to play with!
Another way to use these art markers is to make custom designs onto ceramic or glass! The inks are permanent after baking (handwash only though).
These paint markers have nice bright, bold colors and for the price are a great buy. You can use these markers on many projects and when we did our tests on these, we tried them on rocks, artwork, and even glass!
We had a chance to really put this set through some testing and would invite y'all to read our full review in the link below:
See the full Sharpie video unboxing and product review
We do a lot of geode resin art here at DIY Craft Club, and we like to use these Sharpie Paint Pens on our resin surfaces.
Have a look at our tutorial below to see how smoothly these Sharpie's work on a semi-cured resin surface.
Faber-Castell is a very well-known name in the artist community, as they are known for providing quality art products. Their Pitt Artist Pens are truly amazing as they offer odorless, permanent and waterproof inks in vibrant colors that they say will not bleed through paper!
The pigmented India inks are lightfast, acid-free and pH neutral. The quality of these art markers are extremely good quality and are often used for portraits, fashion design, illustrating, life drawings, sequential art, and canvas paintings! They work well on all types of paper or canvas.
Just remember to store these horizontally when not in use!
We hope this article helped you make an informed decision! If you are really having a hard time, we suggest trying out some of the above-mentioned art markers in singles.
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Plus, we want to hear which art markers were your favorite and what you liked about them! Be sure to comment below :)
You may want to check out a few of our other articles, Best Markers, Pens & Colored Pencils For Manga And Anime Art as well as Best Paint Markers & Paint Pens to help narrow down your selection.
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