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Hello lovely people,
Some of y’all may remember that towards the end of making my Insecta Deck artwork, I had some paper nightmares when the manufacturer of my preferred drawing paper made some changes… And they weren’t good changes, they were very, very bad. So after managing to pull enough paper together to finish Insecta, I’m now testing alternative brands, and sharing my findings. I’ll be doing the blue tack test for paper tearing (can you tack/untack the paper x 3), a shading test (does the paper surface break up with ~8 layers of colour pencil shading), and then some subjective feedback on how I found each brand to draw on.
STONEHENGE FINE ART PAPER (WHITE)
Source; Jackson’s art online
Description; acid-free smooth finish 100% cotton paper, specifically aimed at drawing, esp colour pencil
Price; £16.95 for 15 8x8 inch sheets (at the spendy end for drawing paper)
Blue tack test; 3 out of 3, no tearing. Perfect score
Shading test; perfect score again, no surface damage, GET IN!
What did I draw? a moth in the genus Macrauzata, drawn in polychromos oil-based pigment pencils. My Patreon patrons can find a digital print of this moth in their updates. Some WIP for this piece is in the drawing experience section below.
TL;DR review; excellent if you use colour pencils. Try it, you won’t regret it (but your bank balance might.)
I’m not going to lie, this paper is tittyfucking amazing. And frankly, for the price; it chuffing well should be. The cost puts it in the range (for me at least) of commissions and work that will be sold in original form. I wouldn’t use it for work destined solely for print, but for work where the original is what people will see? It’s a keeper.
The surface is smooth, but not too smooth. It has enough tooth for lots of layering colour pencil, but it’s not so rough that you can see white paper after shading an area. You can get nice complete colour coverage without it feeling like the drawing equivalent of wearing too much foundation. How important that is depends on your style, but I’m retentive about shading, which will surprise exactly no-one. The other thing that bugs me about shading on some drawing papers that they can be a real grind on colour pencils - one of the Strathmore mid texture finishes is like drawing on a flippin cheese-grater. (Not to be too harsh on Strathmore tho, I’ll be reviewing 3 of their papers later on and a couple are really nice.) This paper didn’t have that sandpapery/cheese-grater effect though. Which is nice. The feel is heavy but not excessively so, and not too stiff (snortles.) The surface of the paper held up well to a scratchy pencil sketch, repeated layers of colour pencil, and putty, solid, & electric erasers. I loved it tbh.
Basically; this does everything you’d expect of a high quality hot press cotton paper, without being as frickin stiff & heavy as a watercolour paper. I might even go so far as to say I like it MORE for pencil drawing than Fabriano Artistico (which is my usual spendy cotton paper option.) This is, however, only N=1 and Artistico is good for mixed media and painting too. So I’m not going to go really wild over it just yet. We always need more Ns, eh? I’ll update this review if I find it holds up to its initial promise over time.
One of the things that bugs me about some gummed pads is when a lot of the glue comes off with each sheet. That is my only gripe here - well, apart from the fact it’s too spendy to use all day every day, but you get what you pay for to some extent, and this is The Good Shit.
My overall feeling about this paper is; darn good. It’s pricey, but excellent if you use colour pencils. Try it, you won’t regret it (but your bank balance might.)
In the event you haven’t seen me bouncing across the internet with this anywhere else yet; my Insecta deck Kickstarter is live, woo! So if you want to get 56 cards full of my imaginary insects, come say hi here. Thanks to everyone who’s already pledged, I’m so excited to finally share this project with you :D
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[Video has subtitles in English, and a transcript can be found at the bottom of this post.]
Hello lovely people! It’s 2019, so I made a new intro video for my Patreon. If you like my art, Patreon is a great way to see more of it! From just $1 a month you can get access to my private studio diary in the form of a patron-only blog and private twitter feed, and get monthly patron-only content including videos, audio chats, and downloadable art for you to enjoy. So if you want to help me make more sciart for everyone, and get some extra just for you, head on over to www.patreon.com/immysmith!
Hi there and thanks for stopping by my Patreon. My name’s Immy and I’m a sciartist. I mainly make art about cryptic camouflage and mimicry – all the ways that plants and animals disguise themselves. And I especially love to imagine how new species might evolve to hide on human-made materials, including our art! I also design playing card decks, and I do generative art too, and I love to draw using Morse code as a drawing method. So that’s my art. But making a living as a freelance artist can be quite tricky, and that’s why Patreon is really important to me. It helps me keep going, and by supporting me here you’ll not only get to see more art and get exclusive patron content, you’ll be helping me to make more sciart for everyone to enjoy. As a patron you’ll get access to my private studio diary, in the form of a blog and a twitter feed, and that’s full of work-in-progress pictures, and all kinds of peeks into my studio here! You’ll get first call on crowdfunding, like the Kickstarter for my next playing card deck. And you’ll get first pick of new items in my store and a discount code for my store. On top of all of that you’ll also get a monthly update on Patreon, and that’ll be full of videos, and audio chats, and downloadable art for you to enjoy. So yeah, if you like my art and want to see more of it, please join me here on Patreon! And thanks for stopping by, I hope I’ll catch you on twitter or my next update. Thank you!
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