Best art markers with fine tips and regular tips
Reader Question: I am looking for a variety of colors of markers that are probably two different sets:
- fine tips for small detail where colored pencil is too large, and
- regular sharpie tips (in marker ink or acrylic but still a wide variety of color).
I have already purchased both in cheap discount packs and have quickly learned the drawbacks. I want something reliable and consistent.
What do you recommend? I appreciate your guidance.
There are 3 different brands of markers
that you should take a look at because they each meet all of your requirements. They are all double-ended markers, with fine tips on one end and bigger tips on the other end, so that saves you from buying 2 sets of markers.
Plus these are all professional-quality markers (aside from the Copic Ciao), so the pigment content and lightfastness will be of the highest standard possible for markers. Additionally, they all come in a wide variety of colors!
Here they are:
Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers
Prismacolor is one of the best brands for drawing supplies. Their double-ended art markers are vibrant, highly pigmented and get good coverage.
One end has a fine tip and the other end has a chisel-like shape that can make 3 different widths (see the pic below for an example).
When it comes to professional quality double-ended markers, Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers
offer the widest range of colors, with 156 colors to choose from. They can be purchase individually or in sets. Individually they cost $2 each, which also makes them one of the most affordable professional double-ended markers.
Copic Double-Ended Markers
Copic is another highly-regarded brand that makes professional-quality art markers used by illustrators, designers and fine artists.
Copic offers 3 different types of double-ended art markers:
- Copic Ciao Double Ended Markers - Copic Ciao Markers are recommended for beginning artists. They are currently $3.21 each and they are also available in sets. Copic Ciao Double Ended Markers come in 72 colors. They have a brush tip on one end and a chisel tip on the other end.
Although these are not listed as "professional quality" markers like the others, they are worth mentioning because of the brand name and the price.
While Copic Ciao Markers are recommended for beginners, Copic Original Markers and Copic Sketch Markers are both widely used by professional illustrators, designers and comic artists. They're known for their rich color and ease of blending. The main difference between the two has to do with the tips, as described below:
- Copic Original Markers - Copic Original Markers currently cost $5.09 each and they are also available in sets. They are available in 72 different colors.
Copic Original Markers have a fine point on one end and a chisel tip on the other end.
- Copic Sketch Markers are slightly cheaper than Copic Originals, currently costing $4.87 each. They can also be purchased in sets and come in a range of 72 colors.
Copic Sketch Markers have a brush tip on one end and chisel tip on the other end.
Blick Studio Markers
Blick Studio Markers are not as well-known as Prismacolors or Copics, but they are still considered professional markers because of the ink quality. Since they are also the cheapest, at $1.95 a pop, I figured they were worth mentioning.
Blick Studio Markers have a fine nib on one end and a chisel tip on the other end. They come in 95 colors and can be purchased individually or in sets.
So there you have 5 different types of double-ended art markers
that you can try. If you're not sure which one to get, you could buy 1 or 2 markers of each type, try them all out, and then decide which one to invest in.
If price is a factor, I would recommend the Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers
over the Blick Studio Markers.
If price is not
a factor, then I would recommend either the Copic Original Markers
or the Copic Sketch Markers
, depending on whether you want your smaller tip to be a fine point (like with the Original Markers) or a brush tip (like with the Sketch Markers).
Just a note: Although the prices for these markers will inevitably change over time (so they may be different when people read this a few months or years from now), it is likely that the general price differences
between these markers will remain the same.
Hope that helps and Happy Coloring!