If you have read this blog for very long you know that I love color. I love it so much I can't seem to get enough of it. I buy every collection of pencil, marker and paint! So when I first started collecting the Spectrum Noir makers I was very excited. They were a reasonably priced answer to the Copic system. Or so I thought.
Here is the truth. I really like the Spectrum Noir markers, they are an intermediate marker. They are competition to the Copic in some aspect and in others not so much. I will say for the price I am not sure they are my go to marker. I still have some to collect but I have a pretty big collection
|One part of the collection|
HERE IS WHAT I LOVE
- The price point
- I like (not love) that they come in the packs but don't like the grouping of them (lights, darks, brights etc)
- The accreditation is not WICKED expensive in fact... it's FREE! (my favorite price)
- The artist can make textures easier with this marker than any other I think mostly because of one of the things I don't like the ink saturation
- EDUCATION ON THEIR WEB SITE!!!
HERE IS WHAT I AM STRUGGLING TO LOVE
- The size! These markers are HUGE. The design is thoughtful, but not practical for holding for a long time.
- A reader pointed out the caps.. yeah they are HARD to get off. I can get past the size of the markers but several times I have pull so hard that I have pulled the grey piece off and exposed the barrel.
- The amount of ink you need to achieve good blending when I say you need to saturate, I MEAN SATURATE the paper. This can also lead to some unwanted bleeding.
- The numbering system. I don't like it. Citrus Yellow? says who? I get Yellow Green JG Jade Green? is that a Blue Green? I don't like trying to figure out the tones in the ink. Jade Green to me is a specific color as is Citrus Yellow NOT color groupings.
- The blending is not easy. You must really really work with them for a long time to get the hang of the blending. I think this would be frustrating to a new alcohol marker enthusiast.
- I don't find the colors to be as true as I would like them to be.
What I do find as the biggest plus, is if you master these pens, you will be able to conquer most any other styling. Mastering them will take a LONG time, you will need to practice. The color choices will be the hardest thing to learn (which colors work well together to get a great blending).
I love that the company has so many educational videos and help on the website. It was what kept me buying. What I have learned too is the price point is low enough that you really just want to dive in and buy sets. One here and there may leave you frustrated.
I hope this is not discouraging review, I believe they are good, solid purchase with good quality. I just want to be honest. They take work to learn, but remember anything worth knowing takes a little work. I love mine. I think they are a great addition to my collection.
As my dear friend pointed out it may be helpful to see them in action, so here is an image I colored with the SN pens. It took me a lot longer than I would have liked but I really had to saturate the paper to get a good blend. I do like that like ALL alcohol markers I can return to the piece and add more ink and continue to blend. I did that with this image. I found it was bleeding a bit so I set it aside let it dry then came back and it seemed to rectify the problem.
|Colored on standard marker paper.|
I guess what I really want to say here... is if you have these markers, don't get discouraged if you are not coloring like a pro in just a few days. You really do need practice! STICK with it, and for the price you will be happy that you did! I believe the Spectrum Noir brand has a lot of offer, not just the markers but their pencils are on my hit list! I have used them and think they are the best! Waiting to also get the aqua markers, and will do a review once I have them in my hot little hands!
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