We recently discovered some amazing ProMarker portraits and illustrations by Mark Satchwill and were lucky enough to have a quick chat with Mark and took the chance to find out a little more about him and his artwork. What is most amazing is that Mark has only been using ProMarkers for just over 3 months!
“Like many artists I was quite young when I discovered I enjoyed (and had an aptitude for) drawing and painting and by the time I was in my teens I had decided I wanted to follow a career in art. After completing school and ‘A’ levels, I took a years Foundation Course at Stevenage College, then a Degree Course in Graphic Design (Illustration) at Leeds. Once finished I pursued other work options and, while I would paint and draw as a hobby and would do occasional commissions for people, I put away the idea of ever doing it as a job.”
“After several years I was encouraged to take it more seriously again and in 2000 had a solo exhibition at Adonis Art in London. In 2006 I decided to make art my full time job, starting with another exhibition at the Flavel Centre in Dartmouth, Devon. Since then I worked mostly on private commissions and recently have begun to branch out into illustration work.”
“I was recently approached by the writer Katherine Tomlinson to collaborate on a project called NoHo Noir, a weekly serial on the US Patch North Hollywood site. She writes the stories and I do the illustrations. I initially started doing watercolours for this but after a while was looking for something that would be faster to work with and give the art a more graphic quality. I bought a set of 5 Cool Grey Promarkers and instantly fell in love! I went out the next day and bought all the packs I could find! I’m primarily a watercolourist and to find I could use the Promarkers in a similar way was brilliant. They allow me to work much faster and the colours are rich and vibrant. I do a lot of black and white imagery for the Noir series and the Promarkers are perfect for that too.”
“I’m now also collaborating with the same writer on a graphic novel project and have also used the markers for illustrations for Dark Valentine online magazine. I’ve only been using them since February but they have already made a huge change to the way I work. I’m very excited to see what I can do with them in the future.”