ProMarker Portraits

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!

'Rod' by Mark Satchwell, ProMarkers, 2011

'Rod' by Mark Satchwill, ProMarkers, 2011

“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.”


'No Ho Ethan' by Mark Satchwill, ProMarkers, 2011

'No Ho Ethan' by Mark Satchwill, ProMarkers, 2011 from the No Ho Noir Series by Katherine Tomlinson

“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.”

You can see more of Mark Satchwill’s work  at his website and blog and you can also keep up to date on Facebook. Mark can also be contacted by email at

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5 Responses to ProMarker Portraits

  1. Amanda Makepeace May 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    Mark is an amazing artist. I’m lucky to have one of his watercolors, a portrait of me! His recent work with ProMarkers is extraordinary. When I first his blog post featuring “Rod” I almost didn’t believe it was created with markers!

  2. Debbi Glennie May 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    fantastic talent

  3. April Jarocka May 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    I think Mark’s work is really amazing. Fabulous work with the pro markers!

  4. Mark May 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    Thanks Amanda, Debbi and April for your kind words! And thanks to Paul for the article!


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