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talking about all the different types of
It's important to draw on what feels
comfortable to you.
So I'm gonna go over a couple of those
papers that I like and that are out there,
and that can be used both for student
quality work and exhibition quality work.
I personally use a lot of student stuff.
In other words, what I like to call
non-archival papers.
Because for me, it's a place where I could
It's, it becomes my playground.
So right here is a, that I did this
charcoal drawing on,
is a rough newsprint pad.
And newsprint mainly consists of wood pulp
and it's not archival.
It will yellow over time, particularly in
the sun when it gets oxidized.
But as you can see, charcoal adheres to it
pretty well.
Pencil's okay on it.
If it's like an 8B, if it's just a normal
pencil, it'll work.
What's nice about this though is that
immediately you have a mid-tone.
So you're not working from like a white
white like you would bond paper.
So you're working immediately with a
So like, you know,
you could just pull out your, your lights
just from that right away.
And you've got this kind of like warm
So it's also not only a mid-tone,
but it's kind of a warmer yellow brownish
So you've already, you're, you're starting
with some color, which is really nice.
Sometimes I will also draw with pen on
Not often, but, but sometimes I will
because you're just kinda warming up.
You, you wanna do it.
It's just, you can have fun with it and I
just feel like pen.
You know, especially if you're drawing
like quick pose.
I'm doing a little dancing character.
I just feel like pen kind of works nicely.
And in terms of Prisma, you can draw with
Prisma on this,
as you can see, but it's not really my
first choice.
You can, you can draw with a lot of
You cannot paint with this.
It will buckle immediately.
It will tear.
In fact, if you really work anything, you
below the Bs, like an HB, you go into the
you go into an F pencil area, the Hs will
tear this to shreds.
This is just too delicate.
So this is the rough newsprint.
There's also a smooth newsprint, which is
similar, but really just smoother.
So it's it doesn't have as much texture,
but it's still a newsprint pad.
bond paper gets its name because
originally US
government bonds were made from bond
And bond paper is just tremendous.
I mean, I use bond paper the most out of
any of my papers,
because I work a lot with Prisma, so as
you could see, it's just you know,
it's got a beautiful, a beautiful kind of
It's got a, a brilliancy because it is so,
you know,
it's so dynamically you know, white and I
don't know.
Just for me.
I really just love this kind of paper.
And immediately you can kind of get your
darks on just play with it.
Shade easily.
You know, you're not, you don't have a mid
tone area cuz it is so white and bright.
And in fact, you when I've, I've painted a
lot on this.
Once again, for exhibition purposes I
would not recommend that,
but obviously I have painted on this quite
a bit.
But I, you know, a lot of people preferred
Because you get that kind of like more of
a [INAUDIBLE] feel.
But you know you can do charcoal with
It's it's fine.
You're just not, you're not gonna be able
to kind of move it around.
It's not gonna be as malleable and
sculptural as it's gonna be on newsprint,
smooth or rough newsprint, because here it
doesn't seem to adhere as much.
You see there's always kind of like a
tooth that's left over.
As we're on newsprint things happen to be
you can,
you can really get more of an even tone
So, you get a little bit of a spotty tone.
You know, once again, can you do you know,
can I do charcoal here?
Yeah, I can, obviously.
Is it the best place to do it?
No, not really.
Cuz when you get into this you get, it's,
it's just very becomes very toothy, for
And you know, look, some people, some
people love it and can use it for
that, but it's not what I prefer.
Pencil, fantastic for pencils in my
I know pencils just kinda go on and you
know you get to built up from your whites.
So it's really, it's a really nice nice
vibes for pencils for me.
I just, I just love it.
And you get a lot of great atians.
It's a lot more archival this paper than
newsprint is.
So, that's good.
But once again, it is, it is definitely
not archival.
It has not [LAUGH] really stood the test
of time forever like a canvas would or
a piece of Masonite, or a wood panel would
when you're painting.
So it's a great surface.
It's also good for pen.
I really like it for pen.
So, you know, when I do pen,
I think it's I think it's really good and
you could really,
you could really even shade on there and
you could build up stuff.
So, you know.
For me, for pen, I love it.
I love it for pen too.
So, this of all the drawing paper is my
Now sketchbook paper is also a kind of
bond paper.
So, as you could see, [SOUND] you know,
I draw in pen on sketchbook paper all the
time and I think it's really good.
It's got a, it's got a good tooth,
obviously the same thing.
The pencil.
For pen, but really don't want to do any
in there because you can do it but it's
It's very messy.
It's not archival and for me it doesn't
have that same adherence that's,
that adherence where you could actually
sculpt with it like you can
on a newsprint pad, so.
[NOISE] If I were to vote though, and with
all the drawing materials I
would say that bond paper is definitely my
personal favorite.
Tracing paper is another amazing paper
because you're able to obviously use it to
trace a, a drawing or
to trace a photo or whatever you trace.
I use it a lot to, to kind of trace a part
of the drawing, and,
and you know, move it over, or sometimes I
actually just draw on it.
As you can see, this, this piece of
tracing paper is buckling right away,
so this might not be the most ideal ideal,
version to show you, but, but, you know,
That being said, it really is not archival
at all.
This is very functional paper, it should
only be used functionally.
It should not be used in any way, shape,
or form to be
archival and like, you know to be
That's just not really the best thing ever
for this paper.
But as you can see you could get down the
value very fast in charcoal.
Like this.
You know, it's very, very, very, very,very
And and it's kind of nice, especially if
you're just tracing and
it, you could, you could also erase pretty
fast with it.
So if you just want to get things down
and, and move it around.
It's pretty malleable.
It's got a malleable quality to it.
You know?
Bam, bam, bam.
That's a bad bam.
But it also you know, can rip fairly
So not the most archival thing.
Pencil, you know, same thing.
Really nice.
Goes on pretty nice.
Especially if you're gonna get a clean
You know, it's gonna go on really, really
So that's, that's really good.
I have actually even drawn a lot of pen on
tracing paper,
particularly with the figure.
I don't know why.
It's just like for one of those things.
Maybe it's just.
A different surface so
I felt more like I wanted to do something
really different with it.
But I noticed that it just, it just can
feel good sometimes.
Sometimes when I'm kind of really in a
I just take out a piece of tracing paper
and I draw on it.
And it's a great way obviously to, to
build up to build up drawings as well.
Because you like your composition, you
know, you trace it, you clean it up,
you trace that drawing, you trace that
drawing, you trace that drawing.
Sometimes my paintings I go through like.
You know five or six different it,
iterations on tracing paper and
each on I improve upon the next.
I improve upon the next one, I improve
upon the next one.
So you know, that's, that is the, the
power of of tracing paper.
Here's prisma drawings that I did on
tracing paper and
you know, it's, it's not archival, it'll
have to be
at one point it'll just fade away, and
it's already buckling now, so.
That's the price you pay when you're
drawing with tracing paper.
So, I would use tracing paper, in much
more of a functional way.
Tracing your drawing, tracing your
tracing a photo rather as a means to an