"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Life Sketches

 Back at the Portrait Society, Beatyanne was our Wednesday morning model and I was able to sketch her twice. Both are graphite on newsprint about 18 x 16.

I am feeling like I should try a higher grade of paper for my life drawing sessions as the newsprint does not have a flat surface but is kind of ripple-y. It does not make for a good finished product and does not photograph very well. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good smooth textured drawing paper? I would like to try a slightly toned paper - perhaps a cream or tan color.


  1. These are fascinating, Susan!!! What an intensity of expression.
    For drawing, I just use a 60 lb. weight, acid-free, fine- toothed paper.

    1. Thank you, Kathryn - I had a hard time photographing these sketches for some reason. Perhaps the lighting was different. Thank you for commenting and for the information on your preferred drawing paper!


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