I bought ProMarkers!

They’re selling ProMarkers at our local hobby shop, and after oogling them for months I eventually gave in to temptation and bought some. I’ve seen some pretty cool artwork made with markers and have wanted to try them myself for ages. :)

After practising with random lines and blobs for a while I worked up the courage to attempt an actual drawing – so I made a quick portrait of an elf (because humans are boring and pointy ears are fun):

Imaginary Karin - promarkers elf drawing
Imaginary Karin - promarkers elf drawing

First I just bought a starter kit with like 10 pens, but quickly realised I needed more and went back for another set. It’s not like coloured pencils where you can just press harder and then add a thin layer of black on top to make darker shades.
Note to self: I need a dark neutral brown with no red hues.

I also realised you can’t just take an eraser and lighten up an area that turned too dark…

Imaginary Karin - promarkers elf drawing

Ta-daa! I’m actually quite proud of myself for making it look decent on the first try. :D
I just couldn’t quite figure out how to do the hair. ProMarkers have pretty big tips so I couldn’t draw it like I do with coloured pencils. With some more practice, I’m sure I’ll figure something out though.
Apparently, they also make these ultra-fine nibs so that might be worth looking into.

Also, I experimented with using my fingers to smudge the colour – you can even see the fingerprints if you look closer. It did work, although it worked even better when I discovered the set I bought had a blender pen in it… Yeah, turns out it’s much easier to use a blender pen. :P

I love how deep and dense the colours get from just the first stroke. No need to “rub it in” like you have to do with pencils. They are definitely worth it and I’m happy I bought them! I’m sure I’ll make many more drawings with them in the future.


  1. 5 September 2013

    Wow! That drawing is really gorgeous! I stick mainly to line art, because I can shade for crap. Do you have a specific project in mind for the markers?

    • 12 September 2013

      Thank you <3 I have a few things in mind for the markers, but we'll see when I dare make them. Feels like I still need more practice :)

  2. 5 September 2013

    OH MY GOSH!!! I need something like these so, so badly. ♥ Your Elf is AMAZING, lady. :love:

  3. 5 September 2013

    That looks really amazing. I am glad that you brought them, and can’t wait to see what you create next. :D

  4. 5 September 2013

    Gorgeous work as always. :love: Working with ink/markers is intimidating but you slayed it! Also this new layout is divine.

  5. 5 September 2013

    Oh wow!! That’s all I can say. WOW! :love:

  6. 7 September 2013

    Wow, your first drawing with the markers looks beautiful! You did an awesome job! Markers have always intimidated me since I’m used to paints and pencils. I didn’t know that there were blender pens to help smudge the color. I hope to see more later!

  7. 8 September 2013

    So pretty! I used to take art classes, and never did dare to do anything with markers. It seemed really intimidating for the reasons you mentioned in this post. This turned out so pretty!

  8. 9 September 2013

    Yeah, I definitely need a package or three of those markers!! I saw someone using them (or something like them) on Instagram in her drawings, and I instantly fell in love. Definitely nothing like I have ever seen that a marker can do – those are the real deal, for sure! :love:

    Your drawing is super beautiful, I showed my boyfriend the screen when I looked at this entry last night, and he really couldn’t say anything, just the drop of a jaw, :yay:

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