What Kind of Drawing Paper Will You Need to Create Your Artwork?

What kind of drawing paper will you use?

The answer to that question will depend solely on...you.

different kinds of drawing paper

Some of the factors that you'll need to consider are:

  • the medium you use
  • Charcoal and graphite will react differently to the same type of paper. Colored pencil...even differently.

  • your technique
  • Are you a sketcher, or do you strive for realism? Do you crosshatch, or do you blend?

  • the desired outcome
  • Is the outcome going to be loose and sketchy, or tight and detailed?

  • your color scheme
  • What values does you subject matter have? Is the theme dark and depressing, or light and cheery?

If you thought that the choices in pencils was overwhelming, You ain't seen nothin' yet!


Paper comes in a dizzying array of brands, colors, sizes, textures, and thicknesses.

This page is just an introduction to the world of artists' drawing papers. The links below (when they are all completed) will give you more in-depth information. If you have any questions, or need clarification, just contact me and I will try and give you an answer.

Here's a list of some of the types of paper you'll get to choose from...

  • copy/ printer paper
  • sketchbook paper
  • newsprint
  • watercolor
  • charcoal/pastel
  • bristol board
  • vellum

These are not all of the types of paper there are, but it will give you a start.

Just remember...try out all kinds. Don't worry about getting the most expensive paper at first, especially if you're just starting out.


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