The Board I Draw On

I wanted to provide some practical information with this post which is why I’m writing about the board I draw on.

I use a1/2 inch foam core board cut to 19″ x 25″ for my drawing board rather than wood. It has many advantages.

  • It’s light, only a few ounces.
  • It’s sturdy, inflexible and can take a lot of abuse.
  • It’s inexpensive.
  • Did I mention it’s light!

The weight of the board is the best thing about it. I’ve tried lugging around Masonite boards and wood boards before. The thick wood boards are too heavy and the Masonite boards are too flexible.

All you need is this board and at least three clamps and you will have a stack of paper ready to go at any time. Plus it’s super easy to haul around with any other of your materials.

I’ve been to a lot of different life drawing places over the past years and you never know what kind of easels they are going to have. Most of the time the easels are so cheap they can’t hold heavy boards with a ton of paper. The foam core board works perfectly here. I can have about 20 sheets of paper on the board and it still only weights a few ounces.

Pocahontas Drawing in Graphite

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The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


Extended Gesture Study

It’s hard to pick my favorite exercises from the The Natural Way to Draw book but the extended gesture study ranks up there.

Extended Gesture Study

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

Super focused morning of art and I love talking about the board I use to draw on.

What needs work? What did you learn?

I let lack of progress on a project upset me.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Break up my bigger projects into small steps and have a process mindset rather than an outcome mindset.

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