Duncan Thomas reviews the Strathmore Artist Papers he selected after winning the Artist Papers bursary at the Patchings Art Festival 2016.
Strathmore 400 series Coloured Pencil Pad
I really like this paper. The name ‘Coloured Pencil’ is, in my view, unnecessarily prescriptive for a paper of such versatility and I nearly didn’t order it because of that. I don’t actually use coloured pencils. I use it for graphite and charcoal sketches and finished drawings (mainly portrait).
I like it particularly because its lovely smooth surface allows the charcoal to be easily and sensitively removed with a rubber to define lighter toned areas and highlights (this is a ‘reductive’ technique that I am particularly fond of) . Despite its smoothness (there’s a complete absence of texture or tooth ) I have found that it takes the charcoal beautifully, and the very darkest values can be achieved with ease.
This paper, almost to my surprise,