Friday, May 15, 2015

Marker Lust

I've embarked on the journey of being a Fashion Design student and am loving it. I've mentioned before I was taking an online course through SDC. Fashion illustration is obviously a part of it and I'm looking to upgrade my supplies. I did my first fashion illustration assignment using basic color pencils and since that time I've learned tons more, and more about the best supplies to use. I'm in love with the idea of using markers for my designs and the videos below are no doubt the reason why. Some of the best markers on the market are those produced by PrismaColor and Copic. These bad boys cost a pretty penny! The Prismacolor 72 set I believe is $120-$150. Smaller sets are sold---8, 24, & 48 sets with smaller price tags but more expensive then most would pay for markers. I've found the best prices on or on Ebay.  Not sure how well I'll do with them until I give them a try but I've always been pretty good with markers in general. I think I'll also upgrade to the Prismacolor color pencils as well. A friend of mine suggested using watercolors and of course outlining in black. Guess I'll be testing different techniques and will probably buy the smaller marker set to test. I'm excited. I need to hurry and test quick since 2 of my next assignments are to make "Mood Boards"---one for the 70's era and the other to showcase my own original Little Black Dress design. Of course I'll keep you abreast of my progress. If anyone's had experience using Prismacolors or other markers let me know what you think. If anyone's selling theirs let me know or if there's a benefactor who wants to sponsor this budding and talented Fashion Designer just let me know LOLLLL!

(Found them in Staples of all places. Of course their in some of my local art stores as well. The prices are high so I prefer or other online sellers)

Cool videos using prismacolor markers and color pencils.......

(reviving old markers! Pretty cool)

(Had to throw this in. High quality color pencils produce great results too!)


  1. I took art and photography classes and the supplies are expensive. I ordered lots of my art pens, pencils, mat boards and paper from Dick Blick. Great prices and cheaper than the local art store. I've had my Prisma markers and pencils several years and the still work great. I keep them in an ArtBin case and store in the closet when not using them.

  2. I bought a couple of Prisma pencils last week, and last night traced off my first pattern using one. Amazing difference. Made the whole process so much more enjoyable.

  3. I order my replacement pencils, prismacolor, from Dick Blick as well. I use them for my landscape design business. Using markers as a first layer with pencils as an over layer works well too. Get a good electric pencil sharpener if you are using the pencils. I got very lucky last summer when my husband found a 120 pencil brand new set of Prismacolor pencils at a yard sale for $20 I think. A steal.

  4. I just watched the video on making markers last longer. Wow, I've been using them for more than 20 years and never knew this. Thanks

  5. That's awesome. Just curious, during the course of your studies, will they cover how to make your own patterns?

  6. You can get a 72 set of Prismacolor pencils at either JoAnn's, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby and even using a 40% off coupon. When JoAnn's has their 50 or 60 percent off coupons you'd come out even better!


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