Nowadays, marker pens are viewed as coloring pens because a lot of people actually use them to color adult coloring books. This is the case because markers tend to bleed, so one swipe can cover a lot of surface area. Using a marker saves a lot of time, and at the same time, once it dries, you can go back to it and add more detail.
Similarly, using marker pens does really create a unique effect as the finished product looks realistic since the ink formulations are different. We really cannot put our fingers on it, but the outcome looks bright but subtle at the same time. Much like how you do a watercolor design.
With that, there are really a lot of artistic possibilities for marker pens, and we shall see if the TouchNew Twin Marker Pens can contribute to that distinct “marker effect.” We are going to take a look at its features as well as the pros and cons of using these pens. In the end, we will determine if these marker pens are a good addition to your art materials.
TouchNew Twin Marker Pens
The TouchNew Twin Marker Pens is specifically designed for student artists and children who are four years old and above. The markers included in this set have ink that is acid-free and alcohol based, so they tend to run thick but vibrant.
There are also slight to intense bleeding to be expected. Each marker can be used on a lot of art projects such as manga coloring, journaling, hand lettering, scrapbooking, and drawing.
- Broad and fine tips
- 80 dark and light colors with no duplicates
- Comes with a black carrying pouch
- Color-coded caps
- Total weight is at 2.8 pounds
- Dimension: 9.1 by 7 by 4.1 inches
- No blots
- Dries fast
- Goes on smoothly
- Cap shuts in tightly
- Perfect for layering
- Lots of standard colors
- Highly pigmented colors
- Perfect for sketch artists
- Great customer service
- Colors of the same family blend easily
- Can be used as an alternative to draft pencils
- Color-coded caps match the actual marker color
- Minimal leaks
- Labels easily rub off
- Color changes once it dries
- Blending different colors appear muddy
- Limited color selection for shades of purple
- Does not work well on different types of paper
- Too much shading colors and some are unnecessary
The TouchNew Twin Marker Pens is believed to be the closest dupe to Copic Marker Pens, and they really do have a lot of similarities. The most notable one is the ink formulation. Each of the markers produces vivid colors and can be blended effortlessly.
This specific kit is primarily designed for sketch artists that is why it has a lot of dark-colored marker pens, which are suited for shading and detailing techniques. Do keep in mind though that just like most alcohol-based marker pens, there can be massive bleeding, so you really should use a specific paper because when you use regular paper, it will be really messy.
The color selection that the kit has is pretty standard and somehow lacks in variation for purples, but as for each of the marker’s performance, you will not find any glitches as it glides smoothly and dispenses the ink evenly. Also, if you will just use these markers to color in an already done design, it will prove to be handy. However, there is a bit of concern in terms of its design as there can be leaks and some markers get dry easily.
It is also not ideal to be used by beginners as the bleeding of the colors can be quite intimidating. Blending two different colors can also be tricky and might not even work if the one who uses them do not know how to blend properly.
Nonetheless, the ink does not contain acid, making it somewhat safer than other brands. Likewise, the markers have color-labeled tight caps to prevent drying out and to make it easy for you to identify the color of the specific marker. At the same time, it comes with a form-fitting carrying pouch so that you can take it anywhere without any hassles.
Comparison with the Bianyo Classic Series Dual-Tip Markers
The Bianyo Classic Series Dual-Tip Markers is somehow the same with the TouchNew Twin Marker Pens in such a way that they both strive to be as good as their biggest competitor, Copic. However, there is a huge difference between them, and it has something to do with purpose.
For the TouchNew Twin Marker Pens, it was designed for sketching, drawing, detailing, etc. So much so that artists can use it for graphic designs. The formulation of the ink also follows that trend, making it very blendable and layer friendly.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Bianyo Classic Series Dual-Tip Markers can be used for sketching, but it works best on other media such as pottery, fabric, glass, ceramics, etc. Therefore, the ink formulation is heavier. Meaning, it will tend to bleed more to saturate the area with color.
What is the effect on paper then? Basically, it will be hard for you to control the flow of color; thus, color blending might look muddy or worst, it will not blend at all. Additionally, for it to work properly on paper, you have to use other tools to control the bleeding.
The TouchNew Twin Marker Pens is definitely not a dupe of the more popular Copic Marker Pens, but it has the potential to be a good marker pen if only the company would focus on perfecting its quality and design. Other than those disadvantages, this set of pens is worth buying.
You will definitely enjoy using the markers if you are into sketching because there are a lot of shading options. If your concern is the variety of colors, you might be left wanting more as there are gaps in color variations of a specific color family.
All in all, this is a mid-range pack that can be used on a lot of art projects Still, do keep in mind the cons that we have listed so that you can follow safety measures and not mess up your work.