Strathmore toned paper – Wolf study
Lately, I’ve been working on sketches using Strathmore toned paper. I’ve always worked on white paper before so this is quite a change. Working on toned paper is a great way to easily cover a wide range of values by using the colour of the paper as the midtone. In its simplest for, you could simply work in black and white to great effect but if you want to expand your possibilities then this is a wonderful paper to try. It’s an 80 lb acid free quality paper. It comes in tan or gray and in a variety of sizes. As per Strathmore’s description it accepts graphite pencil, coloured pencil, charcoal, sketching stick, soft pastel and oil pastel. I have also seen artists get wonderful results using ink liners, felt markers, ballpoint pens and gelly roll pens.
This wolf study was done on tan toned paper, 9″ X 12″. I used Staedtler pigment liner in various sizes, Derwent terracotta drawing pencil, Conté white pencil, white gelly roll pen and graphite pencil. This is a great way to test ideas for a finished drawing but whether or not a sketch like this ever finds its way to a more formal drawing, it is great fun just as a practice piece.