Drawing Papers


Drawing Papers for Pencil Portrait Drawings

The links below will take you to Dick Blick Art Supply website, where you can view the products and purchase them if you like them. Disclosure: If you do make a purchase, I receive a commission from Blick Art Supplies, so thanks in advance!


Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Board
For smooth pencil drawings, you will want to choose the Smooth version. Vellum is good if you want a rougher texture, or for charcoal work.

Created in 1893, this 100% cotton fiber, acid-free bristol is an industry standard. It's available in Vellum and Plate surfaces. Plate (Hot Press) is unsurpassed for fine pen and pencil work, allowing flat and even washes. The Vellum (Cold Press) surface is designed for pencil, colored pencil, soft to hard charcoal, hard pastel, and oil pastel. It is also suitable for washes and gouache. Both surfaces are excellent for airbrush. Note : Some sizes are cut down from larger sheets. Therefore, the sheet you receive may not have watermarks.

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