A good sketchbook is something that we all need. Whether you are a student, business owner, freelancer, or an artist, it is a product that will come in handy when you least expect it.
Now, the market for sketchbooks is huge, but not all are of the same quality or boast the same features.
What you want to look for is a product that will be compatible if you are using both dry media and markers. Most of the low-quality sketchbooks aren’t able to handle permanent markers and either the whole page copies to the next one or the paper is not able to handle it and starts falling apart.
Still, there are sketchbooks adequate for such uses. So, we set out to do a comparison with five of the best sketch books for markers. Let’s go ahead and take a look!
Although being on a higher end at a price spectrum, this sketchbook features revolutionary no-show thru technology, making this a phenomenal choice.
Whether you are a professional artist or a beginner, this sketchbook will be a great pick. It allows you to get use from 100% of your investment given the fact that every single one out of 96 pages will be used to its fullest.
Why? Because the papers are no-bleed which means that even if you use a permanent marker, it will leave no residue on the next page.
With this in mind, you will not have to worry about only using dry media or missing out on half of the sketchbook pages because of marker residue. Along with that, the heavy-duty Smyth-sewn binding ensures that the sketchbook will last you a long time with proper maintenance.
Last but not least, the pages are acid-free, so no matter how much time passes, your work will be left intact and the pages will not go yellow.
The hard cover is water resistant and what is most important – soft to the touch. Unlike some other sketchbooks that come with a firm hardcover, this one is more comfortable to use.
The paper of this sketchbook aren't perforated and has a slight chemical odor.
While it may not use the no-show technology that the above sketch book offers, it is still an excellent choice and comes at a much cheaper price.
Manufactured by the famous sketchbook brand Pentalic, you can expect nothing but a pure high-quality product. Apart from the popular 8.5 x 11 inches size, it comes in other sizes such as 4 x 6 inches, and even 11 x 14 inches featuring 220 pages.
A great feature that the previous sketch book didn’t have is the fact that papers are perforated. This means that you will be able to remove a sheet without your whole sketchbook falling apart. This comes in really handy, especially if you are an artist.
It has 160 pages available (which is almost the double of a Crescent one), and all are acid-free. For some maybe the most important feature is that the paper is sourced from certified forests which means that by buying this sketchbook, you are behaving environment-friendly as well.
Last but not least, it features a lay-flat design that will allow you to write or sketch things even when you don’t have a table around you.
It has a hard cover and is double bound. This sketchbook features an elegant faux-leather design. The cover is water resistant and protects your papers from creasing.
It has a stiff binding and there is a tendency that some find erasing is not that simple.
This micro-perforated sketchbook is great both for drawing, and illustrating, and with the pack coming with two books at a price one, it is one of the best value-for-money options out there.
Whether you are a professional artist or enjoy doing art for your own relaxation purposes, it is perfect for on-the-go work given its flat surface. It boasts a design that is convenient to hand-carry or put in a backpack.
In addition to that, it comes with a wire-bound hardcover that will protect the sheets from creasing and give you a few years of use with proper maintenance.
Now, similar to the Pentalic Sketch Book above, it features perforated papers which means that sheet removing will be much easier. And not to forget, all sheets are acid-free – so your artwork will remain as it is for many years.
While being perfect for dry media, this sketchbook doesn’t shy away when it comes to the use of markers. You still shouldn’t expect it to provide the same result as a no-show thru technology sketchbook, but this is good enough to sustain regular use.
This XL Marker Sketch Book is great for drawing, illustrating, and outlining whatever kind of work you plan to do. It handles both markers and watercolors, and stands at an excellent price to boot.
Made by the famous brand Bianyo, this sketchbook seems like a great alternative to the Crescent RENDR one that we offered as our first option. The price is 50% lower and you still get similar results.
The technology might not be the same, but you are left with bleed-proof papers and a sketchbook that you can use every single page of.
While the cover might not offer the best protection, with proper maintenance this marker pad will last you a long time.
Along with that, the size of 11 x 14 inches is perfect for artists, and as you are provided with the flat surface it will be easy to do on-the-go work, drawings, and sketches. The paper is ultra-smooth, so whether you plan to use dry media, markers, or watercolors it will not crease.
On the other hand, it doesn’t have a no-show thru technology as the papers are somewhat transparent, but as long as there is no marker residue bleeding onto the next page you are good to go.
We left one of the best for last – this set of two sketchbooks has an elegant design which makes it a phenomenal choice whether you are working in an office, as a freelance writer, or a professional artist.
First and foremost, it features a beautiful hardcover faux-leather design that is sophisticated and almost achieves that library look.
Markers are also good to go and although you might it see through the page, with the proper use there shouldn’t be any residue.
One of the best things about it is it’s a unique flat design that allows you to get things done even when you don’t have a flat surface to put it on. Last but not least, the satisfaction guarantee offered by the ARTEZA is something to respect, guaranteeing a high-quality product.
By looking at it you are able to see that this sketchbook will last you a long time – it is sturdy and water resistant and the cover will protect sheets from any kind of spillage or creasing.
Along with that, the sheets are acid-free and there are 100 of them in each sketchbook. Not to forget, the paper is very smooth and perfect for any kind of dry media.
Having transparent papers, this sketchbook also is not adequate for watercolors. Moreover, the covers are scratchable.
High-quality sketchbooks are something all creatives need and the market offers a variety of different products you can choose from. We have compared and reviewed five of the best and now it is time that you choose one according to your needs and preferences.
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