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Best Art Material, Pens, Markers and Paintbrushes!

Updated on November 21, 2015

Copic Markers

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Copic Markers

Copic Markers are my favorite. They are vibrant and give any photo a beautiful look. If I could describe copic markers I would say they are markers that dry quickly and look like paint. It goes beyond a regular marker and used more like paint and blending colors. They blend easily, and give pictures a rich, vibrant color. I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to seriously color their artwork. Someone who just wants to color their art and doesn't need something of a very high quality would be better off buying something cheaper, however, as these are professional quality (and price) markers. Although these markers are expensive they last pretty long and are refillable! I had my markers since December 2014 and have enjoyed them since.

SuperMan colored using Copic Markers

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Blending with Copic Markers

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More Blending Techniques

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Wolf colored in using Copic Markers

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Prisma Markers

I have used these and found them to be an amazing art tool. A verified buyer wrote "As one of the top selling brands of artistic markers, this Prismacolor set has benefited my artwork through the vivid color assortment, multiple line width possibilities, and high performance of each marker. My mother is a professional artist and I've also begun to sell my artwork, which entails heavy use of this set. Constantly I receive comments on the colors and intricate details of my designs. Ever since these remarks became prominent, I have been a supporter of this marker set.
Brilliant colors are enclosed like those of a rainbow. The vivid hues and tints can easily be blended to create wondrous works of art. Thankfully, the colors advertised are the actual colors you will see form and come to life in your artwork.
Each marker is double-ended with one end having a fine tip and the other a broad tip. The fine tipped end lets me easily maneuver when I am working with elaborate details. The other end produces a line that can be broad, medium, or thin. These two different tips permit me to adapt much more smoothly to a variety of projects. This added bonus of four different line widths I've found to be an explicit advantage and the marker seems to know what I want to convey each time so my work is accurately depicted.
I've employed these markers on many different projects and they are as bold and useful as the first time they jumped out of the box. Their performance has never included drying out or problems with bleeding. Their high quality never fails to generate my desired result explicitly. Prismacolor is the top-seller of artistic markers and have proven to me that they are one of the best brands on the market.
Unfortunately, because of the elevated quality of Prismacolor markers, they can be very expensive at art supply stores. However, Amazon does contribute considerably by bringing the prices down to a level that is reasonable. These markers are well worth their price as they have demonstrated to me time and again.
I've been drawn to this brand as a firefly to light and would recommend this set to the professional artist or someone just starting out. Your creativity is limitless as they allow for any drawing to commence whole-heartedly. They have a variety of bright colors, have multiple line possibilities, and endure even the most extensive projects. I've used these markers in almost all of my artwork and I can visibly see the difference they've made which has brought my work to a whole new level of creativity."

Prima Markers are a great choice for artists!

Prisma Art

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Owl Prisma Art

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Manga Art

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Prisma Colored Pencils

These pencils are a pleasure to work with. I use them mainly for doing biological and scientific illustration, but I use them for other things as well. I was introduced to them by a professional biological illustrator who's guidance was, use only the best. Of the colored pencils I've used over the years, these are the best I've found.

Prismacolor Premier colored pencils have a soft lead, so soft that you need to tread lightly as you apply them, or the lead is easily broken. On the other hand, the soft lead makes these colors much easier to blend once they are on the paper, and allow you to put down your colors layer by layer and produce the effects you are after.

I find that for my work a good companion investment for these colored pencils is an electric pencil sharpener, because a sharp lead allows you to put the color down onto paper with greater precision, and gives better results.

I have used these pencils on a variety of surfaces ranging from drafting velum to mat board to Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Board Pads - 14 x 17, Bristol Pad, 20 sheets, Vellum, and Canson Mitientes 122 Flannel Gray - 19x25 Inch Sheet which comes in many colors, as well as hot press and cold press board, 300 lb. water color paper, and a variety of other art boards. Of course, colored pencil works best on a surface that has at least a moderate tooth (paper surface roughness), because once the tooth is filled with lead it is extremely difficult to put down more color.

Word of warning: Make sure that you handle these pencils carefully, because if you drop them on a hard floor the lead can break inside of the pencil, ruining it.

5 stars all the way! You will enjoy these pencils as long as you realize that you can't power them onto the paper, and that the lead will wear down quickly because they are so soft. Enjoy!

Realistic Drawing using Prisma Pencils

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Amazing 3D art of eye Using Prisma Pencils

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Charcoal Pencils

I like to sketch, draw and cartoon. and this set allows me to do that with multiple tools and pencils. I love the variety and quality of these pencils. Including charcoal not just in pencil but block also, along with graphite bars. really lets me control where things go. I really love the woodless pencil, even though it doesnt keep a good point for long.

Acrylic Paint

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Oil Paints

This is one of the hardest Paint Mediums to use because it takes forever to dry. Although the paint takes a long time to dry but the results are beautiful vivid colors. I really enjoyed using these paints my advice would be to take your time with these paints and start on a small canvas so that you could create an art piece quicker compared to a larger canvas which can take you a while to finish. Also the smell is very strong which sometimes is unpleasant so this is great to use outside especially because it will dry quicker and you can avoid the strong smell. Many of the great artists like Picasso and Van Gogh have painted with oils and as you might already know. Their art work is vivid and absorbs you right into the picture. This art medium is my top favorite but I must say it is very difficult to use at least in my experience but with great practice nothing is impossible and who knows you might just spark the imagination of a billionaire who will pay a huge amount of money to purchase that amazing art you created from scratch! Enjoy the oil paints :)

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      Laura Aqui 

      2 years ago

      I've come across your link to this website from youtube fashion illustrations i didn't know anything about these markers, but after reading your advice and guidance, im going to invest in getting these art supplies and trying them out, this was such great information, and so helpful, and very much needed advice, thank you so much for sharing this knowlege, with me and others, so good of you to take the time to help others, im grateful, to you thank you!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      I am glad I found your information about the best art material. I have recently been introduced to coloring and you have helped me determine what works best.

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      whonunuwho 

      3 years ago from United States

      Thank you so much my friend for sharing this info.. whonu

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great product analysis!

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great information Rabadi. I need to invest in some Copic and Prismacolor markers...the effects are brilliant. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the introduction of these marvelous art tools, just when I am considering getting my first drawing book for adults. Very informative and helpful.

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      David Edward Lynch 

      3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Thanks for the information here on Best Art Materials; I have used oil paints and charcoal pencils but want to try acrylics. I don't know much about Prisma Art, it looks interesting.

    • Rabadi profile imageAUTHOR

      3 years ago from New York

      Thank you Rachel!

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      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Wow, your art work is beautiful. I always admired a talent like that. If I had to pick a talent, it would be to do what you did.

      Blessings to you.

    • Rabadi profile imageAUTHOR

      3 years ago from New York

      Hey everyone I really appreciate the fact that you all checked out my page that means a lot to me and I will continue you reading all of your fantastic hubs! Thank you

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      Korneliya Yonkova 

      3 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Great hub and very informative. I have never used markers. Prefer water colors and acrylic paints. Love also gel pens, no matter that this is extremely unprofessional :)

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      Linnea Lewis 

      3 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Very nice hub, my mother used to draw with Prismacolor markers and when I was little I tried them too, I loved them although I was never able to do the great things that professional artists do now. I like acrylic paint better now.

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      whonunuwho 

      3 years ago from United States

      Very interesting work here my friend. As a fellow artist, I am impressed. Thank you for sharing this eye opening info. whonu

    • Rabadi profile imageAUTHOR

      3 years ago from New York

      Thank you Pandula I am glad you enjoyed this hub :))

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      Dr Pandula 

      3 years ago from Norway

      Now this is a topic that I was really interested in reading. And some fantastic illustrations. Best!

    • Rabadi profile imageAUTHOR

      3 years ago from New York

      Thank you Kristen! I am looking forward to reading your hubs :)

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      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      This is a great hub. I never heard of copic markers before. But this is well-detailed with the highlight of every art material you'll need over here. Great work, lovely paintings!

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