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.
Stylefile Marker pad 120 g/m2
|Stylefile marker pad|
Stylefile offers many items for graffiti. They have sketchbooks and pads in a variety of sizes. This particular one comes in an A4 size pad. The sketchbooks has a different paper.
This is a very smooth paper. The back and front seems to be the same, you can draw on either side.
Some color doesn't look so dark as they can be. If you try to blend colors the surface becomes speckled. Some colors also look grainy. But if you work more with layers (but not to many of them) it will do better.
Markers will bleed on to the next page quite much, something to be aware about. The downside of bleeding is however easy to overcome by putting a paper you don't value underneath.
If you are a Copic user, this very smooth paper is in my opinion the best of all paper in this category (110-120 gsm).
Conclusion: This is an ok paper for most brands, but especially good for Copic.
|Sketch done on Stylefile paper 120 gsm|
|Color samples on Stylefile Marker paper|