Sunday, May 27, 2007


I was playing around with a scrap of illustration board today. It was a sample piece I'd received when I was trying to decide if I wanted large pieces of it or not. The texture, especially in portraits, that can be achieved in different paper supports is quite interesting.

I have used mostly Bristol smooth for portraits and sometimes Stonehenge paper, both of which I like a lot for graphite portraiture, each for their own individuality. I am using a 22 x 30 illustration board for a current drawing and liked mostly how its slightly rough texture worked for me. Its quite a forgiving support and takes erasure quite well which I was surprised by. I somehow felt that it would be more fragile.

So I played with this little doodle on the fragment of illustration board that was my original sample, using the circulism technique and it does work well for skin texture on this. I think I'll be buying more illustration board in the future.


Anonymous said...

Interesting; I'll have to try that sometime.

"JeanneG" said...

I've never tried it. Does it dent if you press hard with the pencil?

Jeanette said...

It has got a nice texture to it Dave. New supports are always worth experimenting with.

I don't press very hard Jeanne, so I can't really say. But it does seem pretty resiliant.

Katherine said...

It's really difficult to get illustration board over here - even in graphic stores.

Jeanette said...

I hadn't used it before except for the sample here but am now working my larger drawing with it and quite like it. It really is quite sturdy and forgiving.