Whether you draw for fun or for a living, dual tip markers are a versatile set of tools to consider buying. Different brands offer different tip types and combinations, with most pairing a larger tip with a smaller one for more complex strokes. Many markers feature a chisel tip, ideal for fine and broad marks as well as calligraphy. Pointed tips and brushes, which allow for greater flexibility, are also common options. While not all markers are created equal, their unifying advantage is how they allow you to easily switch tools in an instant.
1. Prismacolor Premier Double Ended Markers
Prismacolor’s markers strike the right balance between performance and affordability. Suitable for professional use, these tools feature super vibrant dye-based alcohol-based ink that flows easily. It is very easy to mix and you can layer colors to create realistic effects. Each marker provides both a fine tip and a chisel tip that glides across the page. Use alone to achieve crisp lines that dry almost instantly, won’t fray, and resist smudging when dry. Or combine them with watercolors or colored pencils without worrying about compromising color. These markers are sold in sets of six colors up to 200, so you can always find or create the exact shade you envision.
2. Ohuhu alcohol markers
Ohuhu’s beautiful set of dual-tip alcohol-based markers are an affordable, high-quality alternative to more expensive brands. You can get them in sets of up to 320 markers (!); these sets always include a mixer to create gradients and mix colors. Artists love the dual tips: the fine bullet tip creates precise lines and the chisel tip draws thick lines and brush-like marks. Superior ink coverage dries quickly with intense color. The end caps have the ink color and number code, and the end cap colors are true to the ink color. The markers are wide and slightly flat, an ergonomic design for easy use: Your hands won’t get tired. The markers come in a handy canvas storage case that closes and are ideal for sketching, sketching, writing, designing and illustrating, creating fashion, graphic novels, card making and designing stationery.
3. Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers
Suitable for artists of all levels, Tombow brushes are economical, easy to use and reliable. The nylon fiber brush on one end balances firmness and flexibility, providing control to produce crisp lines or cover larger areas with ease. At the other end there is a fine tapered tip ideal for writing. Each pen comes with water-based ink that you can use to create watercolor effects; they are also very easy to blend and can be layered for darker shades. These are great everyday pens, whether you intend to use them alone for illustrations, for hand lettering, or with watercolors. This set includes nine colors and a clear smudger brush.
4. Arteza Alcohol Art Markers
Arteza’s markers are a great option if you need markers that blend really well but don’t break the bank. Each marker comes with a chisel tip and a fine bullet tip, both of which deposit alcohol ink for easy layering, shading and contrast. Both nib sizes can also produce a wide range of drawing and lettering effects depending on how you orient them; they are even replaceable once worn out. These markers are available in sets of 36, 60 or 120 colors and come in a handy lightweight case with an adjustable strap. Marker sets are also available in a “skin tone” set for artists who produce a lot of portraits.
5. Copic Ciao Markers
One of the best alcohol markers available, Copic markers were originally developed in Japan for manga artists. These are markers in which to invest. They are loved for their beautiful pigments, fluid ink and easy blending. Each marker is also incredibly versatile, with a chisel tip and a great brush tip that works almost like a paintbrush. A luxurious choice for illustrators in particular, these markers can actually last a lifetime, as they are refillable. This set comes with 24 base colors.