From a few days ago I started using newsprint paper to practice drawing straight lines, curves, ellipses, and quick sketches. And the paper are great! Here are some reasons why:1. They are super cheap.
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Since they are so cheap I won't hesitate to try something new. Because I know even if I fail, I won't be wasting paper money. 2. They are not archival.
This is a bit counter-intuitive. But because I know they will not last forever (they will yellow and crumble over time like newspaper) and I won't be keeping them, it becomes easier for me to draw whatever I want and make mistakes.
At the same time, if I happen to draw something I really like, I just scan it and this way I can keep it forever or work on it later 3. It's super easy to check the image flipped horizontally.
Because these paper are so thin, I can literally just flip the paper over, and I would see the image I drew flipped horizontally on the back of the paper. One caveat is I use black pen. Light pencil marks may not show so well on the other side of the page.4. If you use fountain pen or other pen with heavier ink flow, you can vary line width by how fast you draw the line.
Because the paper is very thin, fountain pen ink will feather if I draw slowly. This gives me line width variation depending on how fast I draw the line. It's not necessarily desirable if I want to draw everything carefully though. So in some way it speeds up my drawing process because I must draw most lines quickly.
Here are two sketch collages on newsprint paper. Notice how my paper already yellows because I bought them 1-2 years ago. But I think the yellow makes them look antique and I like it!
And they work with copic marker as well!
I hope some of you might find this helpful! Leave a comment if you have a favorite kind of paper!