Paper That I’m Not Supposed to Use

Today I started a second drawing of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther but with a paper that I’m not supposed to use with dry media.

I wanted a paper that didn’t show it’s texture every time I put a stroke down. It’s a constant annoyance. If I want a very flat tone I have to always come back with a brush, finger, paper towel or stump to rub it into the interstices of the paper. Or I have to always use the point of the charcoal pencil.

I have a pad of Strathmore Bristol paper with a vellum surface that says that is is only supposed to be used with ink. I ignored the text on the pad and gave it a try. The paper is super smooth and the charcoal sticks just fine. Even after rubbing the crap out of a couple test spots the charcoal stayed really well. I don’t see any reason why I can’t just use any dry media on it.

But, in the end I’m not sure if I like this version better than the first one I started…

Black Panther Drawing in Charcoal

Previous Black Panther Drawing Posts


The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


Long Drapery Study

I started this long drapery study from The Natural Way to Draw in graphite and had to continue with it even though I like the last short drapery study I did in charcoal better.

Constantly question your materials, and conventional wisdom for that matter, and make sure that what your choosing is going to work for your motive.

Long Drapery Study

Daily Composition and Sketch

A supplement bottle and more study of hands in ink. We are stuck inside still due to the smoke and it looks like I won’t be leaving my apartment until this weekend. Well, except for my PT appointment tomorrow. Maybe tomorrow I will have a figure to draw from memory.

daily composition and sketch

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I wonderfully relaxing day of art and a great sense of discovery at using paper that I’m not supposed to use.

What needs work? What did you learn?

Slow down a bit.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

It’s a tough balance between accuracy and expression. It’s easier to just lock everything down and get super technical. The most amazing art is a balance of accuracy and expression. Who said to be expressive you need to go fast?

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