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 practise 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.