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.
|Older Touch marker pad|
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.
ShinHan Touch marker pad 70 g/m2
Korean made paper available in A4 and A3 pads
|New Touch marker pad|
The paper is smooth and white. The front side and the backside of the paper differ; you cannot use the backside to draw on. It will resist.
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 hardly no complains about when drawing, and this was one of them. My only concern with this paper is that even though most colors look great there were some colors (from a particular brand: Graph´it marker) that became a bit foggy. Since the problem didn’t appear when I used Copic, Letraset markers or Touch markers I would highly recommend this paper for anyone that are using those. If you are using Graph´it markers there are better paper out there.
Conclusion: this is a very good paper.
|Touch marker drawing|
|Touch paper sample|