Developed for professionals: ABT PRO is an alcohol-based marker - perfect for illustration, fashion design or architecture. 107 colors + blender

ABT PRO: Marker for professionals

For elegant and natural lines: The first alcohol-based marker whose brush tip is dynamic and stable at the same time.

Together with professionals we developed ABT PRO, an alcohol-based marker, for professional use. With its two tips - and over 100 colors - you can express your creativity in an outstanding way. The ABT PRO’s ink flows slowly. As a result, the ink is easy to control and allows you to work with extreme precision. This is especially helpful for layering.

Tombow ABT PRO at a glance:

  • Alcohol-based marker
  • With brush tip and chisel tip
  • Slim and ergonomically shaped
  • Slow and easy-to-control ink flow for precised drawing
  • 107 colors + blender

ABT PRO is a marker for creative professionals, but also hobby-creatives.

Dagmar Gosejakob, Illustrator

The application area



Fashion Design



Product Development

(Urban) Sketching

ABT PRO marker are available as single colors or in following sets:

Do you have questions about ABT PRO? Please contact us.

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What makes ABT PRO special? - Features and characteristics

ABT PRO is the marker for illustrators, architects, mangaka, cartoonists or designers. Why? Take a closer look at all the details.

Two tips: Brush tip and a chisle tip

ABT PRO has two tips: A flexible, dynamic brush tip and a chisle tip with a line width of 5,5 mm.

The brush tip

Many conversations with professional illustrators and other ceratives have shown us the following: The success of an artwork is determined by the quality and texture of the brush tip. For us, one additional reason to pay high attention to the brush tip of ABT PRO. The flexible nylon of the brush tip provides a particularly elegant swing that follows the natural hand movement well. For you as a creative it feels like you are drawing with a water-based brush pen. Thanks to its alcohol-base, you can blend different colors directly without water. Furthermore, the pen does not affect the paper - meaning the paper will not fray out like it often happens with water-based pens. Even the smallest details can be easily drawn with the dynamic brush tip. This makes your results much more controlled, dynamic and therefore perfect for professional use.

The chisel tip

A lot of traditional, Japanese know-how has been incorporated into the Tombow ABT PRO chisel tip.
But we modernized the material with Polyester. The line width of the chisel tip has been optimized for the special needs of illustrators, designers and architects. To be concrete: The maximum line width is 5,5 mm - and if you draw a line with the top of the tip you will get a 0,5 mm line. So you can draw vertical and horizontal strokes with many variants.

107 colors and blender for more variety in coloring

ABT PRO is available in 107 colors. Even more color gradations can be achieved by blending two colors together or brightening with the blender pen.

The color decision aid: ABT PRO Blending Overview & Color Tracker as a PDF download.

Many colors offer you greater scope for development. That's great. But a large variety of colors can sometimes become confusing. Especially, if you illustrate professionally, things must be done quickly, you don't want to spend a lot of time with searching. The ABT PRO Blending overview with all colors at a glance is specifically designed for this purpose. If you want to keep track of your own ABT PRO colors, you can print the ABT PRO Color Tracker and mark your own colors.

You can brighten up colors or use the blender pen for a touch of colors.

Check out the ABT PRO Color Tracker here.

The ergonomics of ABT PRO

One thing is clear: You cannot work conveniently with a bulky and unwiedly pen. Your expressivness and creativity will suffer. ABT PRO is a filigree drawing tool. The thin design of the barrel lies gently in your hand. During a long period of use it is still comfortable.

The Blending Overivew - Find the perfect partner

To find the perfect partner for smooth blendings, you can use the ABT PRO blending overview. There we have summarised which colors can be blended within their colour families.

The letters in the overview stand for the respective color family. Each row in the color wheel can be well blended with each other in this order.  

Color family
YG = Yellow Green
Y = Yellow
YR = Yellow Red
R = Red
RV =Red Violet
V = Violet
BV = Blue Violet
B = Blue
BG = Blue Green
G = Green

Suitable paper for ABT PRO

First of all: there isn’t just “one” paper for the ABT PRO. However, it is important to use special paper with alcohol markers.

With printer paper or traditional journals, for example, alcohol-based ink bleeds through the paper. In the worst case, it can smudge onto the page underneath or the table. The type of paper also has an influence on the potential painting and drawing techniques you can use. Therefore marker, layout or Bristol paper should ideally be used. These papers are suited to use with markers but are all very different from one another.

Marker and layout paper

Marker and layout paper is usually very thin at approx. 70-75 g/m², but has the advantage that the ink does not bleed through due to the special way it is manufactured. Thanks to its coating, the ink is not absorbed immediately and takes longer to dry. This means that more time can be taking for blending. Since the color is still on the surface after drying, the colors are more intense. Marker and layout papers are ideal for creating sketches for architecture, fashion design or general sketching.

Bristol paper

At approx. 250 g/m², Bristol paper is made from a solid material. This is especially advantageous for a longer piece of work or erasing preliminary drawings, as it does not bend so easily. Bristol papers have a smooth surface which allows the marker to glide comfortably over them. In contrast to marker or layout paper, it is much more absorbent, which is especially advantageous for intensive layering such as with the drawing of illustrations, comics and mangas. Color intensity can also be achieved on Bristol paper through repeated application of color.

There are also individual differences within each category, depending on the manufacturer.

So you see, in the end it depends what you want to draw on and how you want to use the ABT PROs for drawing. Try out the different papers to find the right one for you. #itscomplicated