Vellum paper is used by graphite artists. Drawing on Vellum paper is preferred by many realism artists.
“All art is but dirtying the paper delicately.”
~ John Ruskin, The Elements of Drawing
Drawing on Vellum Paper
Strathmore Bristol Vellum is an acid-free thick paper that works well for finished projects. It has a smooth surface but is not as smooth as the Strathmore Bristol smooth.
Vellum allows you to create darker values but is smooth enough for a realistic drawing.
Drawing on Vellum Paper Tips:
- Gently remove the paper from the package. If it bends, it will create a crease destroying the paper.
- You will want to know what side to draw on. The front and the back will give you different textures. Depending on what you are drawing will determine what side you will want to draw on. Practice drawing on both sides of the paper to learn the textures.
- Never touch your drawing surface. The oils on your hand, even if you just washed them, will ruin the paper. The graphite gets very dark on the oil making it imposable to create smooth value changes.
- Do not press too hard on the drawing surface with your pencil. Use a light stroke. Pressing too hard on the paper will destroy the tooth of the paper making it very difficult for smooth value changes.
- Protect your paper when you are not drawing. Place your paper somewhere that nothing can get on the drawing surface. I use a storage drawer for my work in progress.
- Purchase your paper online. This will lessen the chance of someone touching the drawing surface of a page.
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