Tips for choosing a surface for drawing and sketching

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Artists sketch and draw on many different surfaces, but the most popular surface for drawing and sketching is cartridge paper. Cartridge paper obtained its name from being used to wrap gunpowder for cartridges in the early 19th century. This use, of course, ceased long ago, but the name has become synonymous with any general grade of drawing and sketching paper.

There are many types of cartridge paper available, and the most popular are often white with a slightly toothed surface and are of a light to medium weight. Internally sized papers (see our Tip & Technique on sizing paper) can also be used quite well for drawing and sketching, but a harder, surface sized paper is necessary if a lot of rubbing out and reworking is necessary.

The degree of coarseness or tooth of cartridge paper will also contribute to the character of your work and how the final image will appear.

 

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