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.
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