Drawing tip of the Day #4 December 4 2015

by Jollyon Hooley
(Ft Lauderdale)

Woman With Stack of Paper

Woman With Stack of Paper

Your paper choice may determine success or failure of your drawings.


Your media (pencil, charcoal, pen etc.) will behave and look quite different on various paper surfaces.

Paper can be made from a wide variety of ingredients, from vegetables, minerals, animals and even synthetic materials. Anything with a fibrous material can be made into paper.

Paper today made for artists are manufactured from wood pulp—as it’s cheaper.

Paper surfaces range from very smooth to a coarse surface which is mainly used by water-colorists.

This can be really heavy stuff (thick) and it will cost you an arm and a leg!

Note; Nearly all drawing and art papers have a ‘right’ side and a ‘wrong’ side—the ‘right’ side has an uneven “tooth” (the texture on a paper surface is commonly called a “tooth.) Try bending small part of a corner then hold it up to the light. You’ll see a faint light on the crease which will show up as a “mechanical” texture.

You’ll see this with most artist’s paper—especially water color paper.

Jollyon Hooley
December 3rd 2015

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Dec 03, 2015
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You've done it again Jollyon
by: Jon

Thanks very much. Simple and easy to understand.

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