August 12, 2019 0

Shinhan Touch Twin Markers | Unboxing and Review | Touch vs Copic

Shinhan Touch Twin Markers | Unboxing and Review |  Touch vs  Copic

Welcome to Art That Plays and Prays. I’m Ginger. In this unboxing video, I’ll talk about brush markers. And while I’m giving a thorough product
review, I’ll test the markers by creating this fancy handwritten typography. There are tons of marker brands out there,
from Crayola and Tombow, to Ohuhu, Prismacolor, Faber Castell Pitt pens, and many other generic
Copic knockoffs in Amazon. But the focus of my review is the Shinhan
brand from Korea which can be an alternative to the more popular but expensive Copic markers
from Japan. Copics are premium grade and perform really
well without streaking. The brush nibs have a nice spring to it and
can tolerate abuse from an artist’s heavy hand. But I must admit, it requires a huge investment. So today, we’ll explore a different marker set. Though I want to make it clear, I’m not
instigating brand loyalty of any kind. As a mixed media artist, I have an arsenal
of tools at my disposal which come from so many different manufacturers. But I was curious about Shinhan mainly because
of its packaging which you’ll see during this unboxing. Shinhan’s generous packaging speaks volumes
about the quality it upholds. From this corrugated outer box, to the carry-on
case, and even down to the individually wrapped markers, you can already tell this company
knows its business. So my first impression? Well, this white bag is hefty. It’s very well-constructed. It’s not flimsy plastic, not at all. Compare that with Copic Ciao’s packaging. The Copics come with these transparent, hard
shell, plastic cases with individual compartments that allow the markers to stand upright. It’s an okay set-up, if you ask me. If you plan to work permanently on a desk,
this is okay. But for me, portability is key. So a container with a handle is a notch better
in my assessment. Portability matters for many of us urban sketchers
and designers who occasionally work on location. So you can never underestimate the usefulness
of a handle on a storage case. You know, plastic or acrylic organizers are great. But to me, cases with handles as an added
feature, well, that’s really smart. Copics do have other storage solutions like
wallet cases and zipper pouches for the times you need to travel with your pens. But those are sold separately, not like Shinhan
Touch where you get the complete package with the set of 60 markers. As you can see, the pens are arranged by color
codes, in ascending order, and they are grouped according to color families, like Cool Greys
are together. The browns are batched together. So are the blues and the greens, which is
great because then you can easily eyeball which dark and light shades you can blend
when you’re coloring. Aside from the numbers, the names are also
printed on the caps, as you see here, which is great, right? Very convenient. Although markers can be stored vertically,
it’s recommended that we keep them lying down to allow sufficient amount of inks to
flow on both ends of the pen. Of course, this wouldn’t be an issue with
new markers because the barrels are still full of ink. But if you’ve used your pens for a longer
period and kept them upright, you run the risk of losing color saturation on the upper
nib of the pen. Now one thing I love about Touch that I haven’t
seen in many other markers is this individual shrink wrapping. Others might find it a hassle to remove the
added packaging. But to me, this plastic film is a guarantee
that no one else sampled this pen before I bought it, that what I’m getting is really
fresh and new and not used, returned, or resold. If you take a closer look, the pen has perforations
on the side and a tiny tab on the end which I showed you a while ago. You can pull it. But I must admit, it’s tough. It was tough to slide the wrapping off. I wasn’t careful so I snapped the tab even
before I could fully open this. And in so doing I ended up coloring my finger,
right here. And it’s really permanent. It doesn’t want to be, it doesn’t wipe
off because this is an alcohol marker and they dry quickly and they’re more permanent. So check out my finger here. A quick smudge of pink, and voila. I couldn’t get it off with a paper towel. People who prefer permanent markers are usually
those who don’t want to deal with unwanted smudges in their art. Because alcohol-based inks, you don’t have
to worry about accidental water spills, not like water-based markers which bleed. See, I’m going to try this a second time. See this tab right here on the very end? And on the side of the markers are perforations. Now you’ll have the shrink wrap on all the
pens in all the sets, whether you’re buying the 60-marker set, or the 12s, 24s, or 36s. Shinhan Touch comes in a variety of sizes. And you can even buy them as individual markers,
I mean in singles, just like we do with Copics. As you can see, the Touch has a brush nib
on one end and a broad chisel nib on the opposite end. Off-camera, I unwrapped every single marker. And boy! My fingers are really sore. I failed to mention. This 60-marker set I’ve unboxed is the Touch
Set B. There’s another set of brush tip markers, Set A, packed in the same white case,
with 60 pieces inside, but of different color codes. In this set B, I have five different shades
of Cool Greys, five Green Greys, and another five Warm Greys. In the second row, I have here Brown Grey,
Raw Umber, Walnut, Bronze, Chestnut Brown, Mahogany, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Orange, Purple
Grey which looks like a pink. Vivid Reddish Purple. This looks more like fuschia. Pastel Violet, Light Violet, Royal Blue, Dark
Blue Light, and Napoleon Blue. On the third row, there’s Bronze Green,
Deep Olive Green, Fresh Green, which is really yellow. Okay, it’s not green at all. Canaria Yellow, Forest Green, Deep Green. There’s a Turquoise Green, an Emerald Green,
an Indian Blue. There’s this Mint Green Light, a Marine Blue,
Baby Blue, Pastel Blue, and Turquoise Blue right here. Last is the Pastel Yellow, Melon Yellow, Deep Yellow. Now Salmon Pink, this doesn’t look like pink. It’s more like a skin tone. Then I have Marigold, Pastel Pink, French
Vermillion, Coral Pink, Geranium, Scarlet, Rose Pink, Vivid Red, Rose Red, and last but
not least, Wine Red. All in all, that’s 60 of the 204 colors
available in Shinhan Touch. Shinhan has another product line with a chisel
nib on one end and a fine tip on the other, instead of a brush nib. If you prefer a more controlled line width
for drawing, that set is for you. Those Touch markers come in a black case and
black ergonomic barrels, instead of white. Those double-ended markers also come in a
wide spectrum of 204 different colors. That’s it for the info side of things. Now let’s get this thing to work. I’ll test the pens using this 70-pound Copic
paper which is specifically designed for marker and pen illustrations. I’ll also use Pigma Micron Pens to draw. If you want to follow along and copy my handmade
fonts, feel free to pause the video. Occasionally, I’ll give you close-up shots
so you can copy the finer details. I love making up fancy fonts, so what you
see me doodling here are just stuff that flows out of the top of my head as I go. I’m not copying from anyone. These are all my original designs. But the quote is from Corrie Ten Boom, a Holocaust
survivor and author of the bestselling book, “The Hiding Place.” You have to forgive me. I made a mistake in copying down the quote. What you’ll see me doodle here is “When
the train goes through a dark tunnel and it gets dark …” But the real line should
be “When the train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark …” My bad! I echoed the word “dark.” But that’s okay. I’ll be cutting these words later anyway
so I can fix the mistake and get rid of the extra “dark.” For now, bear with me please. Now what are my first impressions now that
I’m coloring with the Touch markers? First off the bat … the smell, or the lack of it. Alcohol markers are normally pungent. They leave off a strong odor. But this Shinhan doesn’t smell anything. Well, at least from where I’m sitting, with
the pen about a foot away from my face, I don’t smell anything. But if you put the nib right under your nose,
it does have a faint smell. But it’s not oppressive. Next is the smoothness. I love how I can glide the brush and the pointy
tip doesn’t fray. There are some Amazon brands, those knock-offs
where the brush nib is already frayed even before you start painting. Now here, it’s more intact. Shinhan Touch is really good quality. The brush holds its shape very well, pretty
much like the Copics. At this point, I don’t even see any difference
with the Copic markers. The colors are well-saturated too. The color indicator on the marker cap is very accurate. It’s a very accurate representation of the
actual ink color. So there’s no confusion there. If you’re like me, and you’re also lazy
to make a color chart on paper, then you’ll be fine with this product, because the color
tag you see on the cap, it’s exactly what the ink displays on paper. It’s very precise. It’s true to its color. If there’s anything I can say that’s a
disadvantage with Shinhan Touch compared to Copics, maybe it’s the number of colors available. Copic Sketch has a total of 358 colors you
can choose from. Copic Ciao has way less than that. They only have 180 colors. Shinhan is somewhere in between and they have
204 colors available. Of course none of that matters if you can’t
afford to buy all the 358 Sketch markers anyway. But it’s just nice to know you have that many choices out there. You can easily get around that problem, though,
if this is something you consider a limiting factor for your purchasing decision. The fact that Touch markers blend so well,
you can actually layer your coloring to produce variations in shades and hues. You can mix colors, like what I’m doing
here in this demo. Or, whatever color you lack in your Shinhan
set, you can also supplement with your Copics because both Touch and the Copic markers,
they work well together. They’re both alcohol-based markers and they
do blend well together. Now the last thing I like to mention. Just like Copics, Touch markers have a flat,
squarish barrel, but with a slight tapering on both ends. I like that it lays flat on the table because
when I’m working, I tend to throw my pens around. And when I do toss them carelessly, without
thought, I don’t have to worry about them rolling off the table, which happens often
with me when I’m using my Copic Ciao, Tombow, or any of those pens which have a standard,
cylindrical body. This Touch barrel, it’s fat and sits well on my hand. Also worth mentioning is that these pens are refillable. You can buy refill inks and replace the nibs
if you ever decide to do so. The inks also adhere on plastic surfaces,
surprise, it’s just not on paper. It can write on glass, on plastic. I tried writing on a transparency sheet and
on a plastic grocery bag, and I was surprised that the marker lines stayed there, although
it wasn’t permanent though. I scrubbed them vigorously and the inks well
eventually got erased. Oh well. Who would use expensive markers on grocery
bags anyway, right? Like I briefly mentioned a moment ago, although
what I’ve unboxed here is the assorted set of 60 markers, Shinhan Touch also comes in
sets of 6s, 12s, 24, 36, or 48 pens. Just like the Copics, you can buy the Touch
markers in singles. So if you’re on a tight budget, you can
build your collection slowly. The smaller sets, the 6s and the 12s, they are grouped
into different categories. Like there’s a set for skin tones, or all
pastels, or only cool greys, or only primary colors or fluorescents. There’s a whole lot of flexibility in the
assortments to help you organize and build your personal collection. That’s it for today’s episode. Friends, thank you for joining me. I hope you like the typography and this quote
from Corrie Ten Boom … “When the train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you
don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. “ This line is a perfect metaphor for life
and all its moments of suffering. When life gets dark for you, don’t give up, my friend. Sit still and wait. And trust the God who engineers your life. He will bring you out of the tunnel in due time. Again, friends, this is Ginger from Art That
Plays and Prays. God bless you and see you again next time.

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