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    Tria markers new brush nib

    http://www.letraset.com/design/shopc...?type=TriaNibs

    Heh heh. What's up with letraset's overt marketing towards the manga COPIC drawing crowd.

    I think I'll get a set though and try it out. Still my favorite coloured brush markers would be the Staedtler Mars Graphic 3000. Doesn't have a thick barrel like Trias but the brush and excellent water based ink are plusses for me (the Mars ink doesn't bleed/soak as bad on regular sketchbook pages as alcohol based markers).

    Wonder how the Tria tip compare's with Pentel's brush pens.



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    Went to the neighborhood art store after work and tested it.

    It sucks! There's some flex but the core remains rigid unlike the better brushpen tips. Maybe you need to break it in a little bit but the store mgr was behind my back the whole time I was evaluating it.

    Any feedback with copic brush nibs? They don't sell them in singles here, just in plastic wrapped box sets. I prefer to use a fully flexible brush nib.
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    I bought some Tria markers a long time ago, thinking it was a really good idea, but I have to my shame never really figured how to use them in my drawings. I don't often do anything colored that's not paint or digital.... And after a few of tries I was like "what's the big deal about these things?" It never wanted to stay where I wanted it to stay, it bled all over.

    I kinda prefer soft tips for everything else though, something really rigid wouldn't fit me well at all...
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    FlipMcGee- if you want a soft brush tip, check out copic's line of "sketch" markers. they're thinner/rounder than the regular ones.

    i've tried tria/prisma/copic, and my favorite by far is copic. not for anything to do with manga or japan, i use them for my industrial design classes/work. great quick rendering and nice brush feel. also, they don't stink.
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    Thanks for the review.

    I find their marketing strategy quite laughable. It's obviously geared towards the Manga crowd, but they've used such badly drawn images... Like they picked up the first Anime pictures they saw on DA or something.
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    Nah. It's like all those badly-drawn "How to Draw Manga" books. They're marketing towards kids that draw at that level, I suspect. Guess they're hoping for all that "MomIGottaHaveItNAO!" cash, cause Tria Markers aren't cheap.

    I will give 'em points for the neato space-age redesign on the barrel, though. Made me look at one the other day. I wonder if being able to see the wick really does allow you to gauge ink level, or if it's just for show.
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    Take a look at Letraset's Aqua Promarker inks and brushpen. They use refillable water-based pigmented ink and the brushpen is similar to Pigma's. Not bad.
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    I had a friend in middle school who liked to draw manga. She got a 64 set of prismas one year.

    The next year (birthday) she got over 200 copic markers in a set. I think their marketing just knows the right spots to hit.
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    Well, that and about 99% of honest-to-God Japanese comickers use solely Copic. Don't need much advertising after that. I think their range of colors is bigger too, but never looked it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Oaksford View Post
    I had a friend in middle school who liked to draw manga. She got a 64 set of prismas one year.

    The next year (birthday) she got over 200 copic markers in a set. I think their marketing just knows the right spots to hit.


    EDIT: Yeah, Copics are used religiously by Manga artists, and their followers alike.
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    I use Letraset Tria Bruspen together with watercolor pencils (so far it's the most portable color painting medium I ever used). I just fill it with water and it is much more comfortable to than simple brush + some water container .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorknes View Post
    I bought some Tria markers a long time ago, thinking it was a really good idea, but I have to my shame never really figured how to use them in my drawings. I don't often do anything colored that's not paint or digital.... And after a few of tries I was like "what's the big deal about these things?" It never wanted to stay where I wanted it to stay, it bled all over.
    You have to use marker paper. Also, I find the darker colours mostly useless. Sometimes the stores try to sell you a "starter pack" with primary colours. Useless! If you use marker paper and the lightest shades you can find you'll get much better results. You'll also be very poor.

    Edit: You can use watercolour pencils for details, and also to blend all the colours you were too cheap to buy.
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    Bristol works too...better I think, but I guess it depends on the look you want.
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