Art-n-Fly Professional Markers Product Review
24 Dual Tip Artist Grade Sketching Markers
I was eager to test these artist grade markers because I had only used inexpensive Bic and Sharpie alcohol markers up to now. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy these markers as much as I’d hoped I would, at least not for adult coloring pages. For starters, the tips are too fat for some of the finer details in most grown up coloring books.
The markers have a barrel tip on one end and a chisel tip on the other. The chisel tip is a bit firmer than the barrel tip and so if you hold it a certain way, you can actually get a finer line with the chisel end, but it can be hard to control. The colors also bleed a lot, even through heavy card stock.
Here’s a page I colored primarily with the Art-n-Fly set, along with some Tombow brush markers for the outer edge of the heart, and gel pens for accents. On the right is the back of the page to show how much they bled through my card stock paper. I realize all alcohol markers will bleed, but this is a the most bleed-though I have experienced with the markers I’ve used. Maybe it’s due to all the blending I was doing but I also had significant bleed through on the color test sheet I made.
The caps are shaped the same for both sides of the markers, but the side of the pen barrel is marked to identify the tip for each end. I think I would have preferred a different cap style to indicate the tip at a quick glance.
A blender marker is included in the 24 piece set. Never having used a blender marker before, I would have liked some instruction for using it. I experimented some and got okay blends, but it tended to make my color splotchy when I used it. Art-n-Fly tells me they are working on some video tutorials so I will be on the lookout for those.
I also felt that the color selection is on the boring side. I personally prefer bright and pastel colors, and this set has to many neutrals for my taste. When you take out the blender, neutrals, and grays, there are really only 12-13 colors in this set. There are 4 grays and 6 neutrals which would be good if you do a lot of skin tones. Colors are not named, but they are number coded on the caps.
Gallery of Art-n-Fly Alcohol Markers
Taking the cost of these markers into account, I think I will stick to the less expensive Sharpies and Bic which I can get in ultra fine points. The marker’s aren’t bad… they just aren’t the right choice for me and the type of coloring I do.
- Dual tips – chisel and bullet
- Tip type is marked on the side of the barrel
- Hexagon shape won’t roll away
- Zippered carry case included
- Lots of neutrals (could be a pro, depending on your use)
- Heavy bleed through
- Tips are too fat for small details
- Tip hardness is inconsistent
Check out Art-n-Fly’s website for some demos of amazing sketch art done with these markers. If you’re planning to use them more for illustration than coloring and fine detail work, they may very well rival the much more expensive and high-end artist quality markers like Copic, Prismacolor, and Spectrum Noir.
(I received a discount in exchange for an honest review.)
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