What do I draw on ?
I am no historian, but I think our ancestors needed something to put their thoughts down on .There was no script, no language . They had fingers to gesticulate with , and drawing on wet ground or sand must have resulted in very sore fingers .
Ancient rock etchings tell us pictures speak volumes, but it would have been a slow and labouriou . In the quest for an easier and efficient communication through pictures , the paper finally evolved and now of course we have even gone digital.
Pictures are so important . For an ordinary person like me a picture says it all ! I must confess I read the Illustrated Classics Comics of the Classics and never the originals.
I know there are different kinds of paper. The texture of the surface of the paper decides what materials should be used to draw or paint with.
Drawing with Graphite requires a smooth paper. If it too smooth , the paper will feel good to draw on but the graphite might just slide off. Crayons and Charcoals and other dry media require papers with a texture or a tooth. The little dips between the teeth could be difficult to fill in , giving the art work a spotted ,mottled look. But if meticulously filled in with tha sharp point or brushed in , the material holds and does not dust off easily. Luckily today we have a vast range and can choose whatever suits us.
I need to sharpen my pencils now .