For those who are into drawing or anything related to it, Copic Markers are very popular. The markers utilize permanent, non-toxic, alcohol-based ink and they are very good in achieving that anime-ish color.
The markers are available in 358 colors! They are refillable and the nibs can be changed if they are already worn out; thus, they are already a lifetime investment. But of course, that still depends on how one takes care of the pens.
Copic markers have two tips: a chisel-style tip at the end and a brush tip at the other (Sorry! I forgot to take photos of the tips). You can choose either tip depending on the area you are going to cover.
This is my first Copic set and I swear they are very fun to play with. Plus, they give a very nice gradient effect once they dry up. I actually ordered a few more because I felt sad that all my chibis had blue hair (blue was the only dark color I got). I hope they arrive soon. ^_^
Months ago, I also bought a set of colored pens - the Prismacolor Premier 48 Colored Pencils. I've read so many good reviews about these colored pens and once I tried them, I understood why.
They are very soft and easy to blend and they are very pigmented so the colors turn out really good.
It comes with a good range of colors that makes blending easier.
When I bought my Prismacolor Premier from her, she was already very enthusiastic at that time even if I haven't bought anything from her. She answered my questions regarding the pencils and why they are expensive and why they are good. When I made my payment, I got the item the next day! :)
For the Copic Markers, I have been asking her many questions regarding the pens and she answered every question enthusiastically. She recommended what colors I should get, what shade I should start with and how I should choose my colors. If it wasn't for her, I would have bought random colors and would have had a hard time blending. Plus, she's the only one selling Copics that are not overpriced.
I bought my Copic Sketch Markers at Php 218 per marker. That's actually really cheap because some sell it at Php 240 per piece! O_O She also offers free shipping once your order reaches Php 500! ^_^ Good deal! :)
I really had a good experience with the owner of the online store that I'm actually recommending her to all art enthusiasts especially those who are in the Philippines.
This is her online store: Artmedia Trading on Facebook
Everything in this post was bought with my own money. :)