Thanks to following a bunch of lettering artists on Instagram, I recently found the Marvy Uchida brand of markers and pens. I will say, it’s a good thing I had seen other artists using them, because the website is kind of a disorganized mess. If I hadn’t seen anyone else who had taken the chance and succeeded, I probably would have clicked away and never thought of it again. But I was intrigued with a lot of their products, and their prices are surprisingly reasonable, so I popped a few in my cart and took a shot. Perhaps consistent with the website design, I also didn’t receive shipping confirmation or anything. The markers did show up, though!
The biggest set that I bought was this 6-piece set of dual-tipped markers with one brush side and one fine-tipped side. I played around with them in my sketchbook recently to get a feel for them:
- The colors are so pretty! They’re not as saturated as the packaging would leave you to believe, but they coordinate really well. I foresee a lot of lovely experimentation and projects with these.
- The brush tip is very flexible. I’ve used a few different brush pens and almost gave up, assuming I was the problem. These pens showed me that I just didn’t have the right tool before! I can make thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes without the lines looking all wobbly or half-realized.
- The fine tip is lovely to write with. No complaints. The colors are just as pretty, and the writing experience is nice and smooth. I will use these not just for art, but to jazz up my daily planner with some shots of color.
- They’re more translucent than anticipated. Like I mentioned briefly above, I was expecting fuller color saturation from these. They’ll work well to add pops of color in certain pieces, but a project done fully with these markers would look like it’s missing something.
- They don’t blend at all. I was hoping to be able to make two-toned letters with these, but it just wasn’t working the way I could see it in my head. (See experimentation above.) I have my eyes on Karin Markers for this purpose, but it’ll take me a lot longer to decide I can drop $30 on markers than it did $8.
Overall, it’s a totally fun set to play with. If you’re looking for an affordable “in” to brush lettering, these do the trick nicely. You can take it from me that the website actually works!