Touch Mark: A cheaper alternative to Copic marker


I've taken an interest in art markers recently. I've owned Copic markers but didn't really use them - to be honest, I didn't have the confident to use them. I still am, but I still went and got myself some art markers.

Obviously, I'm not going to get Copic again. It's not that they're bad but they're expensive. I really don't want to waste the money and not use them (in case I still couldn't find the confident).

So, a cheaper alternative is the way to go.

And I found one - Touch Mark markers, which cost about 1/10 of the price of Copic markers.

They have a total of 168 colours in this oil based series (the have 2 other series and another water-based series). They sell in different colour combinations for different purposes, e.g: 40 colours "Manga" set, "Student" set, "Fashion Design" set...etc. 

I picked this 40 colours "All purposes" set which cost around SG$13-14 (including shipment). 

The markers came with 2 tips - 1mm "round" tip and 6mm "Chisel" tip, so it works well even with small areas.

Like Copic markers, the markers allowed "layering" to create shadows/a slightly darker shade. It also allow for colouring blending and gradients.

However, I must say that I didn't really master the colour blending. Also a thing to note is that, you can't use these markers with "normal" sketchbooks as they'll most likely "seep" to the next page! You probably need to get marker pads or watercolour papers.

Using wise, I feel they're smooth and easy to use, but I still am a long way to mastering them. Still, I'm pretty happy with these markers!

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