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.
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:-
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.
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.