One of my close artist friends has used the Strathmore series for her art work and she recommended me to use some of the papers created by this brand.
Therefore I started with a small charcoal painting on the Strathmore 200 series drawing paper.
It is a pad with 40 acid free white sheets in it.
Strathmore 200 series drawing paper
The subject I selected is a beautiful, quiet morning scene from Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary which we visited some years back. The still waters with reflections of the trees and bushes made for a great composition. Before starting on the charcoal painting, I cropped the photograph that I used in order to get a better composition. In this particular photo the horizon line was running through the centre. So I decided to keep more of the sky with the trees on either side.
Charcoal sketching on Strathmore paper.
Size 5.5" X 7"
After having used Canson c a grain and Fabriano Academia, I was quite settled for my choice of paper. However after using Strathmore, I am quite positive about using it in future too. This paper has a very smooth texture and the charcoal fixes pretty easily on to the paper. The blending and scumbling too was quite a pleasure. In all I find this paper very satisfying.
My signature can be seen on the extreme right bottom.