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marker comparisong guide.pdf

marker comparisong guide.pdf

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Prismacolor Markers
These are the markers that most people start with. There’s not too much to say aboutthem. They have a decent variety of colors (156 at last count). And honestly, I’llprobably always have some of these, even though I’m trying to move onto higher endmarkers. They’re very vibrant, and the colors lay down smoothly. They have a broad nib(that flares out a little near the base, so they’re not a typical chisel point). They alsohave a bullet nib, which is handy for the smaller details (and likely the end you’ll usemost). They blend decently, but not great. The biggest fault in these markers is thenaming system.There’s no real “organization”, so finding the right blends/gradations can be troublesomewith these. And don’t let the names fool you. You may think “Light Cerulean Blue” and “Cerulean Blue” are a great match, but I can tell you, you’ll find much better blends inthe differently named colors like “Slate Blue” and “Periwinkle”. The price on average isabout 3 dollars a marker. These are alcohol based, and a good start to learning. DickBlick has their own brand of Studio markers that are direct competitors to Prismacolors,and about 2/3rds the price, so you might want to start there if you’re unsure.Prismacolor now also has a brush tip variety. Sadly, they replace the wonderful broadnib with the brush tip, rather than the more generic bullet tip.
PROSCONS
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Pretty much the cheapest graphicmarkers
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Vibrant colors
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Smooth color laydown
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Decent color selection
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Unique broad nib
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Near-Universal availability
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Non-refillable
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Blends just “okay” 
 
DickBlick Studio Markers
DickBlick is a trusted name in art supplies, and they have a line of their own supplies.The addition of graphic markers to their line is a recent one. These are designed tocompete with Prismacolors almost exclusively. The bullet nibs are identical, but theDickBlick markers have a standard chisel tip. Although I haven’t experimented with toomany colors, I would say they do seem to blend better than Prismacolors. Howeverthere’s a downside to this, as they are one of the smelliest markers I’ve everencountered (third only to Sharpies and Chartpak markers). There also seems to besomething of a quality control issue (I actually got an “antique white” marker that had “antique” coming out one tip, and “antique white” coming out of the other! (those aretwo separate colors in the DickBlick line). They have a smaller selection of colors aswell, with 95 colors compared to Prismacolors 156. The price has also increased a bitrecently, so they’re only a little cheaper than Prismacolors (instead of barely 2/3rds theprice as they originally were).
PROSCONS
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The only professional brand of graphic markers that are cheaperthan Prismacolors
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Blend somewhat better thanPrismacolors
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Cheap enough to get the entireset easily. Makes for a greatstarter/learner product
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Non-refillable
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Quality control issues
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Decent selection of colors, butpretty much smaller than anyother brand of graphic markers

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