This is one question I get asked all the time so I thought I'd explain the importance of paper and share with you the details of the specific paper I use
When it comes to creating stunning works of art with marker pens, it's not just about having the best markers or artistic skill. Your choice of paper plays a crucial role in the final outcome of your masterpiece. The importance of selecting the right paper for your marker drawings cannot be overstated. In this blog post, we will explore the significance of paper selection and how it can elevate your artwork to a whole new level.
Not all papers are created equal when it comes to markers. Marker paper is designed to be compatible with alcohol-based and water-based markers, as well as other art supplies like coloured pencils and ink. This compatibility ensures that your creative options are not limited and that you can experiment with different techniques without compromising your work's quality. Have you ever been drawing with Posca pens and had the paper pil up (where the fibres of the paper come loose)? This is because your paper is not compatible with Posca pens and for years my solution was to varnish cardboard and draw on that. Now although that is still a viable option I much prefer the convenience of a sketchbook and a few years ago Artgecko released the FREESTYLE sketchbook with paper that was made for Posca. This was a gamechanger for me and I've been using these sketchbooks ever since. In fact I have become so close with the team at Artgecko they have made a Doodle With Korp embossed edition of the FREESTYLE sketchbook.
One of the defining features of alcohol marker art is its capacity for smooth blending. The right paper is your partner in achieving this. The smooth surface of marker paper allows for easy blending and layering of colours, enabling you to create gradients, transitions, and intricate shading. This is particularly crucial when working on complex illustrations or portraits, where achieving smooth transitions is essential. In the past I used to use cheap copier paper because it would bleed. This would enable me to blend colours easily but did create some issues when outlining. I have recently started using the Spectrum Noir Premium Marker Pad and I'm finding it a joy to work with. It somehow keeps the inks wet so you can blend them but doesn't bleed out, meaning your outlines will stay accurate.
When it comes to marker art, choosing the right paper is a crucial decision. The choice of paper is just as important as the pens you use and the right surface will enhance your work in numerous ways, from colour vibrancy to precision and longevity.
To recap, here are the 3 paper options I use:
Posca paint markers: An A4 Artgecko Freestyle Sketchbook.
Fineliners: An A5 Artgecko Classy Sketchbook.
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers: A Spectrum Noir Premium Marker Pad.
These are not affiliate links, just my choices based on years of doodling.
As its close to Halloween I thought I'd draw some scarier stuff. I figured I might get a little push back from some people that prefer to draw cute stuff in my lesson but I was not prepared for a simple tongue to cause such an issue.
We started with Doodle Club and I revisited a character I drew a few years ago for an adult drawing workshop. I show you how a few simple guidelines make it easy to split open a head. The extra drips going from side to side are a treat.
Next up was Posca Club and the start of #tonguegate. I enjoyed showing people how easy it was to create the effect of a head being torn off and to reinforce that I put the tongue coming out of the bottom of the neck. The problem is not everybody saw it that way. Check out my YouTube video that explains more.
In the second Posca Club of the week I decided to upgrade the split head from our first lesson and add some colour to it. The smiley character makes the horrific scene look a lot more pleasant than it really is.
The third lesson of the week was Doodle Club and this time I decided to take the top off the head and have lots of worms coming out. I think this is a piece that lots of people can resonate with.
We finished up SCARY week with another split head character this time using Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. I love these pens because they enable you to create some fantastic shapes by blending in shadows.
Hope you enjoyed this weeks lessons, head over to Kofi if you want to see the replay videos or join my waitlist for the live sessions.
In the fast-paced world we live in, where stress and anxiety often seem to be an inevitable part of our daily lives, finding effective ways to manage our mental health has become a priority. While there are numerous strategies and therapies available, one often overlooked yet immensely powerful tool is drawing. The act of creating art can have a profound impact on our mental well-being, offering an outlet for self-expression, stress relief, and a path towards improved mental health. In this blog post, I wanted to explore the importance of drawing for mental health and tell you a little more about how I think that simple acts of creativity can bring about transformative changes in our lives.
Drawing provides a unique channel for self-expression. When words fail to convey our feelings and emotions, art can step in and bridge the gap. Through colors, shapes, and lines, we can communicate our innermost thoughts, fears, and joys without the constraints of language. This process of self-expression can be incredibly therapeutic, allowing us to better understand and process our emotions. By externalizing our feelings on paper, we gain clarity and perspective on our inner world, which can be the first step toward healing.
One of the most immediate benefits of drawing for mental health is stress reduction. Engaging in art can serve as a form of meditation, helping to calm the mind and reduce stress and anxiety. The rhythmic motions of sketching or coloring can induce a state of mindfulness, in which we focus solely on the present moment, letting go of worries about the past or future. This mindfulness not only lowers stress levels but can also improve our overall well-being.
Creating a Sense of Achievement
The act of creating art allows us to set goals and achieve them, no matter how small or simple they may be. Each completed drawing represents an accomplishment, and these successes can boost self-esteem and self-confidence. As we see our skills improve over time, we gain a sense of achievement and pride, which can translate into increased self-assurance in other areas of our lives. My drawing tutorials are specifically designed to help you start and finish your artwork within an hour because I think its important to have that sense of achievement immediately.
Completing an artwork, no matter its size or complexity, provides a tangible sense of achievement. In a world filled with deadlines and pressures, it's easy to overlook personal accomplishments. Drawing reminds us that we have the power to create something beautiful and meaningful, reinforcing our self-worth and sense of purpose.
Drawing is not just a hobby or a form of creative expression; it is a powerful tool for improving and maintaining mental health. Whether you are a seasoned artist or a complete beginner, the act of putting pen to paper can have a profound impact on your emotional well-being. It offers a means of self-expression, stress reduction, and personal growth. So, the next time you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or in need of a mental boost, consider picking up your pens and a sketchbook and settling in front of one of my tutorials to let the healing power of drawing work its magic on your mental health. Your mind will thank you for it.
Zombie week is always lots of fun in the Korp Academy. I love drawing zombies because it doesn't matter if you make little mistakes. Here are the 5 new drawing tutorials available now on my Ko-fi page.
Sci-fi week in the Korp Academy was lots of fun, check out these brand new drawing tutorials available to members of my ON DEMAND Kofi plan.
I was asked to run a few art workshops at the Look Up Portsmouth Street Art Festival. Had a great time teaching loads of people how to draw gross stuff like me.
Here a just a few of my favourite drawings by students.
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This week in the Korp Academy we've been learning to draw like Rik Catlow. My favourite lesson this week was the live Doodle Club where we used a pencil to add a little shade to our pen work.
Get access to the Rik Catlow drawing tutorials and many more on my Kofi page.
Its a brand new week and a brand new term of the Korp Academy. This week we are learning to draw like one of my favourite doodle artists, Elise Gravel. Expect lots of nice simple doodles that will leave you wanting to develop them more and more.
In the online Korp Academy we have 2 live sessions today (Tuesday) with Doodle Club and Posca Club. Tomorrow (Wednesday) I will release the second Posca Club drawing tutorial video for you and on Thursday a further 2 more drawing tutorials (Doodle Club and Colour Club). Although I usually do Colour Club live, this week it will be pre-recorded as I will be at the preview event for an exhibition I'm in.
If you are not familiar with the clubs let me quickly recap for you. Doodle Club is entry level and accessible doodling where we just use black pens on white paper. Posca Club is where we turn up the skill level a little and draw with paint-markers. Finally Colour Club is probably the most advanced lesson where we use alcohol markers and learn to blend and colour.
The final online lesson of the week is the 8 O'clock Club which is my late night drawing session for adults only. This week I'm very happy to say that KDVM will be running the session.
In my face to face workshops I'm back at the Cosy Club in Stamford on Wednesday morning. This is another session for adults only but is free to attend. There is no structure just come along and doodle with me. I only get involved if you need a little inspiration to kickstart you.
Also back this week is the Doodle with Ozee sessions in my studio in Hampton, Peterborough. Suitable for all ages and abilities, book online here.
We had a blast in 8 O'clock Club drawing this wrinkly old fella inspired by the work of Dee Dee Kid.
The Korp Academy continues to grow with the news that one of my favourite doodlers will be running an online workshop on Wednesday 8th September. If you want to learn how to doodle like Frankie Curtis then grab your tickets here.
Doodle With Korp Snapback Cap
The Doodle With Korp caps are here!
These top quality premium branded black snapbacks from Yupoong have been custom embroidered with the Doodle With Korp logo. Made from 20% wool and 80% acrylic, and come with the black underpeak panel.
Large Purple Can
KORP ACADEMY ART!
This spray can is watching you!
Size: 16cm x 16cm
Media: Posca marker on reclaimed brown cardboard (rough cut)
KORP ACADEMY ART!
Let me know if you want a small speech bubble and a quote adding to this one.
Size: 21cm x 21cm
Media: Posca marker on reclaimed brown cardboard (rough cut)
Head of cutting out and colouring in at Korporate Industries.