1. I am a comic artist, and probably won't buy papers that can't be used to make comics.
2. I have a limited budget.
Since I was testing paper, I decided to break out the collection of inks I've amassed, killing two birds with one stone.
Speedball Calligraphy Ink
Winsor Newton India Ink
Speedball Super Black
Sumi (not sure what brand)
Higgins Black Magic
Koh-i-noor (typically used in Rapidograph tech pens)
FW Acrylic Ink
Bombay India Ink
Papers tested with all inks:
500 Series Bristol (Vellum Surface, 2 ply)
500 Series Bristol (Plate Surface, 2 ply)
400 Series Drawing, Medium Surface, 80 lb
Papers tested with 2 best inks (these were trading card size, so I couldn't fit everything)
300 Semi Smooth Bristol
500 Illustration Board
Waterfastness test- 500 Series Vellum
I tested a variety of conditions, including-
Ability to cover blue lead (both the pencil and lead kind)
Erasibility (plastic, sand, and electric)
and ability to cover graphite
I tested with both a nib (spoon nib) and a brush
|E.E= Electric Eraser (Sakura brand), E.S= Sand Eraser, E.P= Plastic Eraser BL Uni= Blue Lead, Unicolor (Mechanical Lead), GR=Graphite|
My recommendations: None of these inks are really Copic-proof (The Koh-i-nor comes the closest), so if you do a lot of marker illustrations, you should probably use Multiliners since those ARE Copic safe. None of the inks had major problems with erasing (a bit of a shame with the sand eraser, since those are meant to pick up ink), and a surprising number of inks are not water safe. My favorite ink of this bunch is the Bombay India Ink, and my favorite inking paper is still Strathmore 500 series Plate. I think the illustration board is really nice and heavy, and can probably stand up to watercolor.