Drawing Paper & Sketchpads

Which Paper for Drawing?

Choosing which paper to use will depend on the medium you will be using, the effect you wish to attain and the finesse of the detail you wish to achieve. A smoother surface will help with drawing in detail using sharpened pencils or fine drawing pens, rougher surfaces will allow looser sketches with less detail. If you are using a powdery medium such as a soft pastel, chalk or charcoal, it is better to use a textured paper such as Ingres or Mi-Teintes.

Paper Weights:

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The weight of the paper is given as a GSM. GSM stands for Grams per Square Metre, a 90gsm paper being similar weight to inkjet paper and 300gsm being a quality mid-weight paper.

International Metric Paper Sizes:

A6 = 105 mm x 148 mm
A5 = 148 mm x 210 mm
A4 = 210 mm x 297 mm (standard letter size)
A3 = 297 mm x 420 mm
A2 = 420 mm x 594 mm
A1 = 594 mm x 841 mm
A0 = 841 mm x 1189 mm

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