I really love paper. It’s so important to how a drawing comes out and I have been spending some time working on a few different types of paper to find out how different the results can be. I like different types for different reasons. The smoother paper is great for a drawing with a smooth and bright finish and the blending of the pencil is cleaner, however it doesn’t allow for too much layering as it doesn’t have enough tooth for the pencils pigment to grip to. A rougher paper has an interesting texture that can work with the drawing. It allows a lot of layering which is good for building up colour depth – the colour is not flat and colours in the lower layers provide a deeper finish so the drawing looks vibrant and less flat.
The Queens of Hearts was made on 200g/m
Pinocchio was made on smooth 140g/m
Rapunzel was made on printer paper and she suffered badly for it!
Rapunzel is a mess – the drawing became damaged very easily as I needed to erase and rework an area – this paper does not take a lot of abuse. It was harder to build up layers of pigment, too. I got quite angry with it, actually! However, I have learned something important. If you run out of your nice paper don’t be lazy and go to the damn shop!
All of these drawings were made for the Twitter challenge I joined. Previous drawings are here – creatures
Tooth – texture, rough or smooth – the more tooth the paper has the rougher the texture; the less tooth, the paper is smoother.
Bibliography and inspiration
ImagineFX Future Publishing
500 Manga Villains and Heroes, Yishan Studio, 2010
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel, Austen, J. and Grahame-Smityh, S., Titan Books, 2009.
Martin, Justin., Poses for Artists, Vol. 2, Standing Poses, Eagel Ink Factory, Justin Martin, 2016
Music I listened to
The Birthday Massacre – Superstition (I am addicted to this album – 3 weeks and counting!)