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Guide: Marker Papers by Khallandra Guide: Marker Papers by Khallandra
:note: I'm not a certified Copic person and am not saying I'm 'qualified' just indicating how I do things to get my results - your results could be completely different - I recommend trying a couple of types of paper to see which you like best

:note: These are the papers I have tried, there are many many other brands out there that do similar things. I have not tried the Bristol branded paper and without seeing it first I'm not keen to import it.

:note: This is my opinion only, it is up to you to make your decision, I just have a collection of papers that I don't use (ha! now I use them as watercolour papers) because I was experimenting until I found the one I like best. Perhaps this may be of use to some people :happybounce:

If anyone has any additions they'd like to add or even try out the tests themselves and send me the results, I am happy to link/include with credit.

Also I find with the bleed-free paper in summer it's a pain cause you hand can get stuck to the paper as you are going causing a slight panic attack as your sweat lifts off ink and you get a nice rainbow effect on your hand

Recommendations from commenters
Bristol and Vellum Boards recommended by marikit

Canson XL Marker paper, 70gr and Letraset are another recommended types of Marker Paper - thank you to mpisciotta for the recommendation

Bienfang Marker Paper and notecards (like a regular 3x5 card) recommended by bluevelvetwings

Aquabee as a denser paper but not as dense as the Fanboy - it doesn't like eraser though, rec by explodingchrysanthem see comments on usage:…

This guide follows on from Buying Copics
Guide: Buying Copics v2.1 by Khallandra Reference: Skin and Hair Tones (Copics) by Khallandra

Copic Fan Stamp by yanagi-san Copic Love stamp by KaizokuShojo Copic Collector Stamp by Khallandra

Edit made a little more easy to read in new tutorial style

Useful Gradients Walkthrough on Bleed Free Paper - Fae Bishies
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explodingchrysanthem Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Have you ever used Aquabee marker paper? It's a very smooth, bright white paper that's heavier than printer paper but much lighter than Bristol or Fanboy, so you can trace line art easily with a light box. It gradates well with similar colors and tolerably well with contrasting ones, and you can get a nice even wash easily as long as the area isn't too huge. I've put multiple layers of as many as six or seven colors in the same area without the ink bleeding across the lines or through the paper. The colors look beautifully vibrant on this paper because the ink doesn't soak in as much (also what makes it good for both blending and getting a smooth wash). I don't use the colorless blender myself, so I can't tell you how well it works for that. In terms of line art, this is my favorite paper both for multiliners and nibs.

It comes in two sizes: 8.5x11" and 11x14" and in pads of 30 or 50 sheets. I usually buy the 30-sheet 11x14" pads, and they're about $13 at my campus bookstore, the high-end art supply store in my hometown, and on Blick Art Supply's website. The 50-sheet pads are kind of hard to find, and a lot of stores won't have the larger size at all, but if a store has any kind of Bee Paper (Co-Mo Sketch is a pretty common one) they can probably order you whatever size pad you want.

Its main downside is that it can be difficult to erase on, but that won't be a problem if you're tracing your line art with a light box. If you do have to erase on this paper, it should be fine as long as you use a Pink Pearl eraser. Just about anything else will create these dark smudges that no substance known to man will remove.

Also, a note about blending Copics in general: if you want to gradate, go dark to light, not light to dark. You might know this already, but not many people do and in your tutorial you said something about going light-->darker-->darker-->darker at one point. This technique is the reason I don't use a colorless blender: I don't need it because the lighter color does the job, and does it more effectively. Try it out. Also, if you go looking at my gallery, I must first warn you that there is a truly pitiful sampling of my Copic work in there. ^.^;
deideiblueeyez Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that paper o__o It works soooo well with my sharpie pens!
Khallandra Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the recommendations I'll add it to the comments - as for the dark -> light approach I learnt that one from *Ecthelian [link] and whilst I don't fully do it this way anymore, I use both adoptions for whatever I am doing as I quite liked this style, but probably more suited for the slippery paper I use, but all other people do it the other way
Really comes down to paper as to what works best I find as the heavier papers do not like light -> dark approach one bit and then it becomes less bright
bluevelvetwings Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I actually use a cheap-ish marker paper from Bienfang and it works pretty well ^^ some slight soaking-through-the-paper issues, but that's more due to my lack of skill than to the paper's faults.

Also, notecards. Like a regular 3x5 card. They actually work pretty nicely.
Khallandra Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I've added the recs to the description section :)
Pikachuvirus1996 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool toturial^^ XD
mpisciotta Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with you about marker paper. I'm in Italy and use special Canson XL Marker paper, 70gr. Works really great. I feel like it uses much less ink cause of the smooth and fast dry surface. Easy to blend on, but as you needs some practice to properly use it, since you cannot use 1000 layer of colors :)
Khallandra Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did find another thing good about it, masking fluid just peels right off and doesn't take the colours underneath - does warp the paper, but after a couple of days of heavy books it flattens out alright :)
Thanks for the name of the paper, I'll put it up in the comments so others know its the same stuff :D
mpisciotta Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool, I thought I couldn't use masking fluid with such a thin paper! Thanks for the info, the masking fluid will be a great help in certain situations :) And, if you are interested, I've tried, apart from Canson XL Marker paper, also the Letraset Bleedproof Marker paper, that is just as good as Canson and Copic paper :)

Canson = french brand
Letraset: UK based company
marikit Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I actually use Bristol and vellum boards and they work magic with me. BUt I guess you are right ... it depends on the style. im actually a copic/marker beginner so this helps!
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