I have compared 45 different papers for markers. I have not included 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 the somewhat thicker marker paper (110-120 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 30 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.
On the Run Marker Pad 120 g
The graffiti oriented company On The Run offers a spiral bound sketchbook, which is 26x19 cm. The back and front of the paper seems to be the same, you can draw on either side.
The paper has a dull surface and it feels rather cheap. But it works much better than I expect it to. It does bleed some, and some feathering can appeared if you use many layers or a lot of blending. The surface resists the marker some. It doesn't goes on smoothly, but the end result felt much better than I expected.
Some colors look a bit grainy on this paper, and some becomes a bit lighter. If you are a Copic user I would not recommend On-The-Run marker paper, the darker Copic colors look very grainy.
The ink will bleed through to the next page. The downside of bleeding is however easy to overcome by putting a paper you don't value underneath.
Conclusion: This is an ok paper for most markers, however I would not recommend it for Copic.
|Color samples on OTR paper|