I have never actually used one. The cost is prohibitive to me. I'd rather spend my art supply $ on other things that I KNOW are worth the difference, yet still financially manageable. Now that I am venturing into doodling and sketching more, however, I have been wanting to try some sort of colored illustration markers. I was cruising the Dick Blick website recently and spen a lot of time looking at the Blick Studio Markers. I read all the reviews and compared them to the Copics and Prismas. These Blick markers are the least costly option so I went ahead and ordered the set of 12.
LOVE the colors!! Each marker has a broad chisel tip and a fine point tip. So I used them first on some vellum paper ~ often a challenge to color, in my experience.
The photo above was taken on a glass table top in ambient light. I'm pleased with the color and coverage, still working on getting used to the broad tip :)
This sketch was done on Bristol board, 100 lb smooth finish. Really easy to work on and the inks flowed well.
Here is the vellum layered over the sketch. I like the color on the vellum, and the translucency of it, a LOT. Nary a wrinkle anywhere ~ NICE!!
I think these are a good choice, certainly for the price! When looking at the product reviews a common thread seemed to be that some of the pens were dry, even when new. When I received mine I immediately checked them all and they were fine. Blick is such a great company to work with, I'm sure they'd rectify any problem. So I heartily endorse these, for whatever that may be worth!!
Now, onward to some drawing and doodling.........