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Mechanika, Revised and Updated by Doug Chiang

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Markers and Paper

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on markers and paper to get good results. Just keep a few things in mind.

PAPER

For paper, I use premium color copier paper. Color copier paper works well with markers because it has a coating that helps keep marker from soaking into the paper fibers and causing feathery “marker bleeds.” Paper brand isn’t as important as the quality and finish of the stock. I prefer at least 28-lb. (105gsm) paper with a brilliance rating of 98. Some papers are made specifically for marker sketching, but I don’t find them necessary. Personal preference should determine your choice. Even though I like the feel and texture of premium color copier paper, you may find vellum or other paper products better suited ...

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