Author Topic: Looking for some good drawing paper  (Read 3297 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Firehazard

  • Hero Member
  • Slightly used and mostly confused!
  • *****
  • Male
  • Posts: 1414
    • My FurAffinity
Looking for some good drawing paper
« on: December 18, 2008, 02:54:44 pm »
So, I have found out, too late, that the paper I'd been using to do my comics on has been discontinued.  I have also found out firsthand that the kind online stores offer as a "substitute" is absolutely unusable.  It's too thin, it's warped like it went through a rainstorm, it won't take the ink evenly, and it BLEEDS.  The cardinal sin of paper intended for inking.  I demanded a full refund for it and luckily I got one.  I really hope the fact that it's being used as a substitute doesn't mean it's the best kind of drawing paper anyone makes anymore.

But the question I must now put to you all is, do you have any good recommendations?  Previously I was using Riverside Tru-Rite sulphite drawing paper, 80lb weight.  It was really smooth (on one side) and thick, but inexpensive.  I really don't want to have to switch to Bristol board because that stuff is insanely pricey.
Quote from: Savaaha
We have a 27in westinghouse hd flat widescreen TV, Tak has it connected up so its our TV and his comp monitor. We had it since 2009 and its going great.

Art by me.

Offline Kwan

  • Hero Member
  • They are my Om-Noms and I want them!
  • *****
  • Female
  • Posts: 3075
    • my stuff on  FA
Re: Looking for some good drawing paper
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2008, 09:31:37 pm »
Just a suggestion, until you find a better substitute:  cardstock.

Smooth, thick & sturdy, takes pencil & markers well, but definitely not for water colors or charcoal. 
It might take inks, since they're not as water-drenched as watercolors, but I wouldn't bet money on it.  But the price is so low, cardstock might be worth a little experimentation.
Card-carrying member of the following fan-clubs:
FarRaptor (in capacity of self-proclaimed Number One Fan-Girl)
Blastdav  (in capacity of Official Tormentor)
Mazz      (Furtopian ambassador ne plus ultra)
White Shepherd (Lo, WS laid hands on Furtopia, and it hath arisen)

Offline millislim

  • Sr. Member
  • Princess Indira Fairfang
  • ****
  • Female
  • Posts: 477
    • Deviant Art
Re: Looking for some good drawing paper
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2008, 02:44:51 am »
I know at my local Utrech art store they sell comic/manga paper...I'm sure I spelled that store wrong but thats roughly how it goes. I would try manga tutorial websites. Usually they have links to places/sites that sell paper

Offline Sskessa

  • Hero Member
  • magically delicious
  • *****
  • Posts: 2520
    • 14 Nights -- A webcomic
Re: Looking for some good drawing paper
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2008, 01:03:55 am »
Just a suggestion, until you find a better substitute:  cardstock.

Smooth, thick & sturdy, takes pencil & markers well, but definitely not for water colors or charcoal. 
It might take inks, since they're not as water-drenched as watercolors, but I wouldn't bet money on it.  But the price is so low, cardstock might be worth a little experimentation.

Generally everything that works with markers works with ink. I have found cardstock an acceptable substitute for Bristol.

I would suggest you buy single sheets of a few different papers and experiment. I've found some good inexpensive paper that way. Go to all the different art stores in town.

Quote
I demanded a full refund for it and luckily I got one.
I'm glad you were able to get one. Paper that bleeds cannot be rightly labeled as paper for ink.
Someone Else's Problem: My adventures in China



I have never had a deep interest in revenge. Revenge is the concern of those who are at some point or other beaten.
-- The Tale of the Body Thief

Offline ObliviousAlly

  • Hero Member
  • Ally the Sparkly
  • *****
  • Female
  • Posts: 726
    • Pipedreams
Re: Looking for some good drawing paper
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2008, 08:11:34 am »
Cardstock is good for most everything. Bristol board is superior. In both smooth and vellum, it takes ink and colors well and it just really nice to use.

Bonus tip: aim to buy paper with a heavy weight. Cardstock is 100lb, bristol is heavier. The heavier weight, the more durable the paper is.
 

Offline RedneckFur

  • Hero Member
  • I'm in ur barn, eatin' ur hay!
  • *****
  • Male
  • Posts: 2713
    • http://www.furaffinity.net/user/redneckfur/
Re: Looking for some good drawing paper
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2009, 05:20:42 pm »
I've been using cardstock for a few years and I love it.  no more expensive bristol for me.  Card stock is fairly cheap, less than $5.00 for 150 sheets.

Pets name: Nugget
Adopt your own!

Offline CiceroKit

  • I'll get back to you on that
  • ****
  • Female
  • Posts: 391
    • My FA page
Re: Looking for some good drawing paper
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2009, 02:29:51 pm »
Hammermill index or cover stock is what I find is the best for cartoon work. Comes in all sizes too :)
Artist. Educator. Activist. Writer.

http://www.furaffinity.net/user/cicerokit/
Cicero Kit on Second Life

Being a furry artist is a sideline; I am a public relations professional by trade as well as adjunct faculty at two technical colleges in Wisconsin. I also freelance as a graphic designer and journalist and have had an editorial comic series published. Anything you want to know? Ask.