Review of SKETCHMARKER PAINTMAN water-based pigment markers from artist and brand ambassador Irina Bautina
SKETCHMARKER now produces water-based pigment markers and this is good news for those who are looking for a good white pen for the final touches in illustrations.
Of course, you can use these markers in other ways - for drawings on various surfaces: wood, plastic, cardboard, and others.
However, I most often draw marker illustrations, so I am most interested in how pigment markers interact with alcohol markers.
I especially liked the marker with a tip thickness of 0.5 mm, which is ideal for highlights, drawing wool, hair, textures, etc.
The manufacturer advises to shake the marker well before use (with the cap closed) to "activate" the ink.
I don't always follow this advice, because for more realistic illustrations, you don't always need such a bright one.
If the pen writes brightly, then you can slightly "reduce" the brightness by running the pad of your finger over the still fresh ink.
If I made a mistake somewhere and did not mark the glare or painted over a lighter area with a dark alcohol marker, I correct the errors with a pigment marker: I paint over the desired area and then pass the alcohol marker. The zone turns out to be lighter.
I also enjoyed working with these markers on poster-style crafting. In my opinion, they are also good for fashion illustration.
In general, I can't even remember when I used a regular gel pen for this purpose.
Pigment markers are much more comfortable, thanks to the variety of tip thicknesses and their types, the uniformity of the line, the contact with the tip that is more gentle for the surface of the paper, without a small groove that pushes the metal ball of an ordinary pen on the paper.
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