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.