Every artist has their favorite tools. Favorite pens, pencils, papers, rulers, erasers, you name it. For years, I've heard everyone say that Strathmore paper is the best. The BEST. And having used it for years, in all its varieties--pastel paper, 400 and 500 series drawing papers and bristols, I can say it's pretty good.
But Canson. Oh, Canson. I first fell in love with Canson paper with my hardbound sketchbook. The paper is so creamy with just enough tooth. And then I fell in love with their comic illustration board. So buttery and just amazing to ink on. And THEN I discovered their mixed media paper.
I am in love.
The mixed media paper has so much texture it picks up my brush pen's strokes and makes it almost look like charcoal. And yet it's still wonderful to brush on and doesn't snag the bristles.
I'm also in love with Copic Wide markers. I just got one, a C9, but it is so amazingly wonderful to sketch with--the sketch below is done with just this wide marker. Bold strokes and tight lines with the tip. I need more of these, stat!
Much more sketching to come! I might need to get a few more of these mixed media sketchbooks, as I'm already five pages into this one and I have a feeling it's going to fill up fast. But that's a very good problem to have.