You Need to feel the Love… Conclusions from an Ongoing Experiment!

With my latest projects virtually complete, it was time to go back to an earlier experiment.

This is the completed Water Buffalo drawing that I posted a few weeks back. The surface used was Drafting Film as it had been recommended as worthwhile.

Water Buffalo portrait on Drafting Film

At the time I was undecided as to whether this drawing surface would benefit me.

I started another drawing on drafting film. This time it is a highland cow:-

Highland Cow work in progress on Drafting Film

I am not feeling the love for drafting film!

The reason I was interested in exploring other surfaces is that the one I currently use is pastelmat by Clairefontaine. It is a good surface but it is designed mainly for pastels and grinds color pencils down very quickly. Therefore it becomes very expensive as color pencils are not cheap!

As I was skeptical about the drafting film, I went back to another paper which I had bought but hardly used… this was a watercolor paper by Arches. I used it for the Zebra which is now finished.

Portrait of Zebra
Portrait of Zebra on Arches watercolor paper

I am feeling the love for this paper!

I find the Arches paper acts in a similar way to the pastelmat but does not grind pencils down too quickly. With pastelmat I feel you are adding layers just to fill in the tooth of the paper which in my view is a waste of pigment.

As for the drafting film…you can build up layers… my conclusion is that it was interesting to try and will use up what I have but I am unlikely to buy anymore. Hard to explain but I am just not feeling it!

For me the Arches watercolor paper allows me to build up the layers in the way that I want to and it lets me blend colors in the way that I want to. I also preserve my pencils for a lot longer.

The conclusion is that most of my drawings will now be done on Arches Watercolor paper.