Touch Twin brush marker review

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a company called Global Hobby. Their main business is import of art and craft supplies, and they distribute a wide range of products to various outlets in Norway. They asked if I was interested in a few product samples, to which I answered something along the lines of “Free art supplies? Of course I want some!”

The main samples in question were the Touch Twin markers from ShinHan Art, specifically the new kind with a brush nib. Just as a side note; I get the impression that the ShinHan Art brand is a new addition to the arsenal of Norwegian art stores, as I was first introduced to the Touch Twin marker just last year. I hope someone will correct me if I’m wrong…

The markers are available in 168 colors, and the marker itself looks professional, has rounded edges and feels good in the hand. Imprinted on the flat, colored area of the caps on both sides are the color name and number. As a downside note, it’s not possible to “click” the cap from the tip you’re using onto the end of the opposite cap. This might not matter much, depending on how likely you are to make a mess with loose caps when using several colors at the same time. The brush tip is very enjoyable to use. It provides enough suppleness to give a wide variety of brush strokes, but it’s also very handy for small details. The chisel end is useful for coloring large areas. The ink flow seems to be generous, but luckily not exceedingly so, and the color itself is lush and brilliant. Although the official product description says that the ink is odorless, it’s not hard to notice a smell from the alcohol based ink. But it’s not particularly strong and doesn’t bother me much.

Here’s a little test I did with the YR33 Melon Yellow I got (clicky for full size). It shows that the color gets richer and more saturated with more layers. To obtain a solid color without the strokes showing, I would recommend going over the area 3-4 times with the chisel nib. Alternating between horizontal, vertical and diagonal strokes also helps. The paper I used for this test was from one of the product samples I got; a pad of Fabriano 240g/m² drawing paper. The test also shows line variation and brush flexibility with light and hard pressure.

It’s pretty obvious that ShinHan Art’s markers are competing with Promarker and Tria markers from Letraset and Copic markers, just to mention a few of the currently popular brands. They’re aimed at fashion designers, illustrators, comic artists, architects, crafters and the like. There is a handful of videos on YouTube where the Touch Twin is shown “in action”. Still, the majority of marker coloring videos feature for example Promarkers and Copics. Personally, I really liked using the Touch Twin Brush. I could get used to the professional feel, brilliance of color and the versatility of having a brush tip.

I also got a few other products from Global Hobby; a few Micron fineliners and the aforementioned pad of thick 240g/m² Fabriano drawing paper. I might just have to compare the Microns and the Uni Pin fineliners I’ve been using a lot lately. But that’s another review…