4. Which brands should I start with?
Now that you know some basics, let’s go for what you came here. Which brand should you buy first?
Markers have been my most used supplies, but I have only tried 4 brands so far. Luckily it wasn’t that hard to find a brand combo for the perfect/affordable palette.
4.1 Copic Markers
Copic is the more recognizable alcohol marker brand out there, it can be found pretty easily, but I should aware you, it’s quite pricey. There are 3 different formats: ciao, sketch and classic. I always recommend the Ciao, the cheapest one. In terms of pigmentation are exactly the same as its brothers, the only real difference is the volume of ink that contains (a bit less than the others) and that there’s less colour assortment. However, Copic Ciao still has more tones than its competitors.
From the brand Winsor & Newton. The colour assortment is not that big, but you can find them with a hard or brush nib. The pigment quality is incredibly amazing, even better than Copic, and they are quite affordable. My favourite brand so far.
4.3 Low-cost markers
Not my cup of tea. I try to avoid them as much as possible as they usually come in packs. And that’s a big NO for me. I rather spend in a small palette that I’m sure it’s gonna work for me, than having tons of markers. Also, they tend to have many dark/strong tones and very few light ones.
My recommendation is that you start with Promarkers and then complement the missing tones with Copic Ciao, since they are expensive, but for sure you will find the ones you are looking for. It has work wonders for me so far! Also, don’t be scared of using Promarkers hard nibs, are really good for little details.
Hope this was useful, I will talk you more in other blogs, but for now, you can check my Instagram post. Until the next one!