Is using printer paper okay for serious art/drawing?
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Yes
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No *Comment your thoughts please!*
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Depends... *Comment*
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Crystal Magnum was done on special paper. :thumb472031896:
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AC3 Logo was printer paper. :thumb361426387:
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Undecided
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Published: January 16, 2018
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Ravens-CrowHobbyist General Artist
Lily Drawing by OtakuAlice45
I drew this on printer paper and it turned out the way I wanted. I think a reason for different types of paper is being able to get a piece that has certain textures or finishes. Printer paper works fine for graphite drawings, but a thicker paper would probably work better for makers or paint. I also noticed that one of my sketchbooks has a texture to it that causes the graphite to stick to the page more and blend easier.

At the last second while writing this, I just remembered that the corner of this Lily drawing got a drop of water on it and tore off. It was like 2cm of the corner gone, but that was a bit annoying. A thicker paper may prevent something like that as well.
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LadySeshiiriaStudent General Artist
Thank you for your input! This is helpful. I've been re-evaluating my art altogether.
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KaizenKittyProfessional Writer
if it's for a traditional commission (offline) and the buyer wants to display it somewhere (like hang it on a wall....), i'd use fancy paper :) of course i'd also calculate that into the price


if it is 'serious' but just for me, or a digital commission (online) it won't matter what paper I use because I can edit out the sloppy mistakes later with digital art software... ^_^ then the commissioner can just print it out on fancy paper if they want to.
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LadySeshiiriaStudent General Artist
That all makes sense and sound like wise decisions to me! Thanks for sharing.
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MariaEnzianiaKober General Artist
In my eyes, using printing paper is okay for many appliances. I often use it for (quick) sketches and "scribbles", and some better printing paper for some calligraphy and inking. But - not all media work "well" on printing paper, and that's the reason I chose "It depends...". Some things just look a lot better when done on another paper, or they are more fun (at least for me). And: every paper works in a different way with different media. Take colored pencils as an example: there are papers where you see every stroke, papers where you can draw more "evenly", papers where colors look stronger or look somewhat "hollow". Not to forget - wet media (like watercolor, acryl, gouache, ...) is not well-applicable on printing paper, it's just not thick enough.
Another factor is what you want to do with that drawing. If you use it mainly for digitalization (scan or photograph it), it's quite okay. But - if you want to sell it or exhibit that piece of art, a high-quality paper might just look better. Again - it depends here.
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LadySeshiiriaStudent General Artist
All great points! Yes I've been careful to choose my paper depending on a project, but even still an age old debate it seems about paper. Many seem to prefer using cheap paper for things that they do on the computer or for themselves.
Thanks for sharing you opinion and thoughts! Kind of re-evaluating my work process.
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