Daler Rowney Graphic Series Marker Paper


I have compared 45 different papers for markers. I have not included any papers that are not specified for markers by the company that produce them. It is not uncommon that an art store will market a paper as a marker-paper but if you look at the brands homepage they are not label as a marker paper. But with that said, a lot of other kinds of paper can work very well with markers, for example watercolor paper (even though they will “eat” the ink in the marker a lot faster than any other paper). I also tried some Japanese sumi-e paper with good and interesting result.  I might write more about that in the future. For now, this is a marker paper review.

The theory and method for thinner marker paper (70-80 g/m2)

I started with some small samples to se color saturation and value, bleeding and feathering.

I am a firm believer in working the paper as you normally would, to be able to fully understand the potential the paper has, so I decided to do a drawing on every paper.
I especially wanted to test the blending and layering abilities. With blending I mean that I work wheat in wheat, and with layering I let the ink dry before I put another layer on top.

Before I started my drawing I wrote down the name of the brand on the paper. I then covered the name so I wouldn't se which paper I was working on. I wanted it to be a blind test.

I have earlier tried to do the exact same drawing but found that this only works if you compare two or three of them. When you compare many items (as I have done earlier; I compared 29 markers, and now I compare a lot of papers) the chances are huge that the first couples of drawings are a less good than the following (because you are learning) and the last ones are pretty bad because it get so monotonous that it is very difficult to do a good job. At least that is true for me. I therefore chose to draw every drawing different but in the same manner and use the same subject (in this case, one girl stood model for all drawings). I also chose to use the same colors for the face and hair on every drawing.

Daler Rowney Graphic series
Daler Rowney graphic series marker paper        70 g/m2
This old company from England produces marker paper that is availably in A4, A3 and A2 pad. It is acid free. 

The paper is smooth and white. The front side and the backside of the paper differ; you cannot use the backside to draw on.

The overall feeling when I drew the portrait was very good. I picked out ten of the 22 (in the category: 70-80 g/m2) that I had no complains what so ever when drawing, and this was one of them. The paper took many layers wheat on wheat without problems.
Daler Rowney Simply

Daler Rowney also produce a paper pad they call Daler Rowney simply marker 70 g/m2. I cannot se or feel any difference between these two products from Daler & Rowney. 

Daler Rowney also produce Daler Rowney the art of giving manga pad 70 g/m2                  
It seams as it is only availably in A3 pad. It is acid free. You get two free templates included.

I am not sure if this paper is exactly the same as the other Daler & Rowney but it probably is.

Daler Rowney The Art of Giving
Conclusion: I believe all three pads may contain the same paper. I love this paper. I used them for a long time and they always perform. This is a very good paper.    
Free templates 

Free templates 
Daler Rowney drawing (on Simply)
Daler Rowney Graphic series

Daler Rowney The Art of Giving

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