Left: A3 sized (11.7 x 16.5 inches) Fabriano ecological drawing paper (comes in pads) that I've been using for larger sketches. Pentel brush pen (either the PPBP or the colorbrush one with pigmented ink and a fine tipped brush—didn't note it down). An underlayer of Golden QOR watercolor (Burnt Sienna and Indanthrene blue) and then Montana Markers in pink, raspberry, orange, and light blue. And a bit of white on the ears (and some leaked spatter on the background at the side), of white Sharpie Poster paint marker. (The forehead and cheek are the white of the paper.) Chef and TV host Curtis Stone. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
In the past two years my drawings have been getting larger and larger. And looser and looser. But mostly larger and larger.
I found this paper from Fabriano. It comes in a pad that says "Disgno•Drawing White Ecological Paper, Fabriano" on the pad cover.
I wrote about this paper in my May 29, 2013 post Paper Tests. Be sure to read the captions in that post closely because the first two images are on another type of paper.
I got an A3 sized pad at Wet Paint. Of course I went to buy more and they are on order so I'm pacing and awaiting the arrival.
This 94 lb./200 gsm paper is acid-free and has a cold-press surface. The paper is internally sized and I have found that because of this I've been able to paint on it successfully. But since it's padded paper and I won't be binding it into a book, even if it bled through, I'd still probably use it—because it's fun to draw on.
Of course one of my favorite things to draw on it with is the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (or its cousins in various form—you can read about all the Pentel Brush Pens here).
It's also fun to paint on. I used a watercolor underlayer on this piece, and while the paper buckles a little with watercolor, the paper does tolerate the washes. Acrylic marker, which is the bulk of the color here is really fun on this paper.
It's a sturdy paper and if I had more of it (I've used the last sheet—I used a bunch of it at life-drawing a couple weeks ago, not realizing it was out of stock and I wouldn't get any for awhile) I'd try some other tests. More pads are coming my way and I'll be sure to keep you posted.
One of the best things about this paper is that A3 size. Sure it's too large to scan (I had to scan today's image in 2 pieces), but it seems to be "just right" for the scale of drawings I enjoy making with the brush pen, and it's also the perfect size for going to life drawing.
The brilliant white of the paper is also great.The cheek and forehead areas in this sketch are the white of the paper and you can see it's as white as the poster paint areas.