Color My Life: My Felt Tip Marker Pens!! (PART 2: Favourites and Recommendations)


Check out previous Part 1: Guide to Felt Tip Marker Pens by

I remember when I got my first book (my mum photostat it from a book we borrowed form the library) on drawing cartoons. That book is still one of my to-go-to reference whenever I need some ideas, I love it so so much!! I couldn't remember the title but when I get back I will have this updated. The guide shows basic materials you will need. Papers, pencils, erasers and also felt tip pens!!! That was the very first time I was exposed to the term Felt tip pens. Time does flies and pen & marker art has been part of my life for more than 10 years now. I start off with pencil and pen, then transition into markers and color pencils. So yeah, I have used both cheap and high-ends felt tip marker pens long before.

PART 1: My Felt Tips Pens 

Felt Tip Marker Pens I Owned/ Tried Out Before:

Normal pens from stationary shops:

  • Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens 334 (0.3mm)
  • Stabilo point 88 fine (0.4mm) RM2.30
  • Stabilo point 68 Marker RM 3.20
  • Buncho HEXAPLUS Fineliner (0.5mm) RM1.70
  • Monami Line Colour Black Dual Tip RM4.00
  • Artline 210 (0.6mm)RM2.60
  • Unicorn Fine Tip (0.5mm)

High-end professional: 
  • Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pen RM5.50
  • Unipin Fineliner (0.1mm, 0.2mm, 0.3mm) RM5.90
  • Zig Calligraphy (3.5mm) RM 12.19
  • Sakura Pigma Micron and Brush Set (0.1, 0.2 ,0.3, 0.5, 0.8, brush) RM 36.89 per set
  • Artline Drawing System (0.3, 0.5) RM5.00
  • Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment (0.30.5) Rm7.30

Please note that the price in red might differ in countries and places. 

My art: Groot was drawn using Monami Line Colour, Stabilo 88, Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens 334 and also Zig Kurecolor in Light Grey.

PART 2: Favorites and Recommendations

1. For Starters

When I was just starting out, I was browsing through the various stationery shop aisle for some affordable felt tip pens. I tried brands like Stabilo, Staedtler, Buncho, Momani, Artline, Unicorn. The more I draw with pens, there more I learn about them. Most of them aren't waterproof thou and doesn't last very long. For one A3 size drawing I used up to 3 of those cheap felt tips pens. Neverthelessly, its not about how expensive your drawing tools can be, its all about skills. For beginners who wanted to draw with pen, you should really find something affordable, like RM3-5 should be good enough. 

I will recommend:
  • Buncho HEXAPLUS Fineliner (0.5mm) RM1.70
I like Buncho HEXAPLUS Fineliner a lot because I find it exceptionally smooth and doesn't bleed a lot for a cheap felt tip pen. The only downside is that it doesn't really last long and the tip does fray over a short period of usage. It is also not waterproof but works well with alcohol-based markers (I am using Kurecolor). Despite that, I love Buncho Hexaplus and I highly recommend it to people who are just starting out. Do give it a try because for RM1.70, its a good deal.

  • Artline 210 (0.6mm) RM2.60
Sometimes you will need thicker pens for a bolder line or just to fill in the empty space. I recommend Artline 210 because it does last for quite some times, the ink is rich and doesn't bleed a lot. However, just a note that it is not waterproof, but it works well with alcohol based markers. Although it is not consider a professional felt tip pen, I used it all the time for those bold and dramatic lines.

2. For Someone Who is Getting Serious into Pen Art

My transition from a cheap pen to expensive pens starts when I need pens that are waterproof and have a smoother application. Professional felt tip pens can be expensive sometimes and it really takes the "feel" to determine whether the pens is to your liking. But with these pens, there is no worries about water and fading, because most of them are water and fade resistant, you get what you paid for. I have a friend who is nuts over Unipin pens but I myself don't find them extremely irresistible, but instead I am bananas over Pigma. Different people have different feelings when they draw, I guess its a multifactorial issue to choose a suitable professional pen that you can't live without. Anyway, its always fun to tried out more pens and determine which one is more suitable for you, if you have the budget for that. 

I will recommend:
  • Sakura Pigma Micron and Brush Set (0.1, 0.2 ,0.3, 0.5, 0.8, brush) RM 36.89 per set
I am totally in love with these pens. Personally, I think it has a smoother application compared to Unipin, Artline and Faber Castell Ecco, despite their prices are almost the same. They are both waterproof and fade proof, very pigmented and widely used by professional artists. My favorite out of this set would be the 0.5 tip, it just feels like dancing on your paper while you create your masterpiece. Bottomline, I love them super duper lot!!

Bulding Doodles using Pigma pens.

I hope you find this useful.
That's all from me. Stay Creative and Happy.
Signing off with love.

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  1. you are so awesomeee!!!! nice doodling too.. btw where are from??

    1. Hi Ainin Alya, I am from Sarawak, Malaysia. Currently studying in USM Kelantan. Nice to meet you too ^^

  2. hai sharon. love your post. very informative. may i know where did u buy the stabilo hexaplus fineliner? the shop that i used to buy them doesnt sell it anymore. thank you

    1. Hi nur syafiqah lee, i think you mean Buncho hexaplus fineliners?
      I got it in Pustaka Seri Dunia in Kelantan. You can try Popular bookstores or Syarikat Muda Osman (SMO bookstore) too!! If you couldn't find it, I do recommend Stabilo fine point 88 as well !!


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