It’s been quite awhile since we’ve taken upon the challenge to doing up an artwork with traditional mediums.
This time, we’ve decided to give Chameleon Marker Pens a try!
Just a brief introduction about these intriguing new mediums we just picked up, Chameleon markers are a new brand of markers from the UK. It may seem no different from the other artist marker pens such as copics as first, but interestingly, there’s something about these markers that other pens do not have…
True to it’s name, these Chameleon marker pens have an interesting feature which allows artists to create smooth seamless gradients;
A single marker comes in 2 parts:
– The designated colour component containing refillable high quality alcohol-based ink
– The mixing chamber filled with the toning medium
To create these beautiful gradients, all you’d have to do is to plug and snap the main colour pen to the mixing chamber. (As shown on the left image above) Wait for approximately half a minute or so, take the marker out from the mixing chamber and apply the colours onto the paper as your would with a normal marker. As your apply the colours, you would eventually see the change in the colours, leading to a soft nice gradient.
And so, with this neat little trick, we’ve decided to see how far we can go with these new additions, annnd…
Daiya and Aitori agreed to be our humble test subjects for our little experiment, and it seemed to turn out pretty nicely done!
And hence, here’s our verdict:
– The colours applied via the marker were pretty smooth and vibrant
– The gradients came out pretty decent, a single marker pen is able to pull it off instead of the traditional method of switching between the blender and the marker, making the whole process faster than usual
– Long pen length enables for easier handling and comfort while colouring
– Flexibility with colours, able to create far more vibrant gradients by mixing in with other colours
Just some pointers to take note:
– Nib spread it pretty limited. You’d need to keep swabbing to cover a large area. Probably it’s still new in the market, so there might be more nib designs in the future
– The nib is very soft, great care needs to be taken while handling the marker as using unnecessary strength might bend and damage the nib
– Colour range is slight limited as compared to other marker brands out there
Overall, we’d say these markers are pretty good. If you’re just starting out with markers, we might suggest getting the Chameleon Marker 22 pen set if you’re unsure of the colours you need. Of course, if you’re already an avid and skilled marker user using Copics and the like, Chameleon markers can serve as an expedient supplement to your current marker arsenal, giving that extra gradient touch to your artworks.
If you’d like to give it a try, you might want to check out their website!