Tombow 56185 Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Bright, 10-Pack. Blendable, Brush and Fine Tip Markers
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- Ideal for fine art, brush lettering, faux calligraphy, illustrations, water color illustrations, journaling and more!
- Set of 9 colors and 1 blender pen, with flexible brush tip and fine tip in one marker
- BRUSH TIP: Durable and flexible nylon fiber brush tip, creates medium or bold strokes by changing brush pressure
- FINE TIP: gives consistent lines
- Included colorless blender pen softens and blends colors, creating a watercolor effect
- Non-toxic, blend able, acid free, non-bleeding, and odorless water-based ink
- Tips self-clean after blending
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Flexible Brush Tips
Flexible brush tip works like a paintbrush to create fine, medium, or bold strokes making them the perfect tool for hand lettering, illustration, drawing, rubber stamping, and more. Made of smooth and resilient nylon fibers, making them durable enough to take on pressure without breaking or losing their original shape even after extensive use! Tips are self-cleaning, allowing you to mix and blend colors without fear of permanently staining or ruining your marker-simply brush onto scrap paper to clean the tip!
Fine Bullet Tips
Fine bullet tip is strong and firm, giving a consistent fine line perfect for drawing embellishments, intricate designs, details, and writing!
Vibrant Water-Based Ink
Easily mix and blend ink to create an array of new colors. Blend two ink colors together or use the colorless blender pen to create watercolor effects. Or just add water using a paintbrush to create soft subtle color washes! Water-based ink is odorless, non-toxic, and acid-free.
These dual brush pens have a versatile and flexible nylon fiber brush tip on 1 end that creates medium or bold strokes by simply changing brush pressure. The fine tip on the other end is for smooth straight lines or writing. The resilient nylon brush retains its point, stroke after stroke. The ink is water-based and blendable: use 2 colors together, or use the colorless blender pen. The pen tips self-clean after blending so there is no messy clean-up! Use these pens for coloring, rubber stamping, hand-lettering, doodling, journaling, and more. Perfect for fine art techniques. The ink is acid-free, non-toxic, odorless, and non-bleeding. Each package contains 10 pens (9 colored, 1 colorless). Available in a variety of color schemes, each sold separately. Conforms to ASTM D 4236.
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I picked these up (and the portrait ones) cause they were on sale and wow they're really great! I love how quick and easy it is to lay down some value in my sketches to get them more polished looking. Really convenient to throw in a bag for cafe sketching and such.
They blend pretty well and get darker with more layers. You can blend them out with some water too, if needed! (so it's not waterproof) And you can scribble some colors on plastic and pick them up with another marker for a more seamless blend!
I really recommend them if you sketch/doodle a lot on the go! You can create some quality art with these! I'll probably pick up some more colors eventually
Probably the biggest difference to note right of the bat is that Tombows are WATER BASED markers. This means they will perform vastly differently than Copics, Prismacolors, Tria, and many other high-end brands of markers. This isn't exactly a bad thing unless you want them to behave just like the other brands, which are alcohol based. Here are the pros and cons of each:
+Translucent ink makes them a joy to layer and combine
+Blendable with water, which means they can be manipulated with a paintbrush and combined with other water-soluble materials
+Pens last a very, very long time. Mine are six years old, and except for one or two heavily used colors, they are still going strong
+Ink scent is barely detectable, and only then if you're practically sticking it up your nose.
+Does not bleed through the paper unless you really lay it on thick.
-Because the ink is water-based, it will cause the surface of many papers to pill and tear. Using heavy papers or papers with low absorbency (like vellum) can help. One must not apply too much ink at a time or the paper will start to buckle.
-For me, these markers are way more streaky than the Copics, no matter what I tried. Different papers can help with this, but in general you will have to work pretty hard to color large areas evenly.
-I find the palate of 96 colors somewhat limiting, especially since a large portion of the markers are so bright and saturated. I prefer working with more neutral tones, so for me this is a con.
+Probably the biggest difference between these two markers is how much more easily these blend for me. The paper stays wetter longer and two colors sort of soak into one another.
+These will never change the surface of most papers. It might buckle somewhat if you're using something very flimsy and really soak it with ink, but I've never had a major problem with this.
+Come in a HUGE range of colors (358) and four different pen styles
+Made to last, and include ink refills and nib replacements
+Detail color naming system that's easy to understand
-These bleed through the paper like crazy. I always have two sheets of paper beneath my projects so I don't stain my table. I don't consider this a major inconvenience though.
-The colors look slightly darker when wet than when dry.
-The fumes from these things are unpleasant; I'll expand on this later.
-In spite of all the awesome features, these things are really expensive at over $6.00 a pen at most places
-With moderate use, each pen will last about 1.5 years on a refill. With heavy use (daily), they will last a few months. Since refills are available I'm not too concerned with this, but they do seem to run out faster than the Tombows.
In the end, I use my Copics way more frequently than my Tombows. They're just so much easier for me to blend and have more of the colors I need. However, that doesn't stop me from using the Tombows. I use them almost exclusively in my sketchbook since they won't bleed through and stain the next few pages, and their slender size makes them more portable. For some reason I also prefer doing studies and thumbnails in these as well. They are the highest quality water-based marker I've tried, and are widely available. At just over a dollar per pen in this set, I find it hard to imagine a marker so high of quality for such a low price. Just be aware that they require different techniques to blend than many popular brands of artist's markers, and you will not be disappointed :)
*I thought I should mention that I actually have an issue with the fumes from Copic markers. From discussions with my peers, I've learned that is is NOT a typical experience, but if you're sensitive to smells than I would highly recommend Tombows over any alcohol based marker. I was fine for the first couple of months, but over time the fumes began to bother me more and more. After one-two hours straight of using the Copics, I begin to feel mildly ill (slight nausea and faintness). After several hours, I feel fairly sick. Granted, I work with my face mere inches from my paper (I'm really short sighted) and a scarf over my mouth and nose almost completely fixes the problem, but it's something to be aware of.