I was recently given the opportunity to execute a large double-portrait drawing for a private collection. It’s one of the larger drawing that I’ve completed 20″ x 26″ and was done on Fabriano Artistico Hot Press 140lb paper. The paper seems to be a good mix between the Rives BFK paper that I used for the drawing of Shaun and the Strathmore Bristol paper that I’ve been playing with. The Rives seems to have much less sizing and so it takes some work to make the darkest marks. This can be a good thing if it takes one a bit of effort to find the form. The Bristol paper on the other hand takes the marks as you lay them down and erases cleanly. This would seem desirable for a highly trained or experienced draftsman though you have to be careful not to smudge it. The Fabriano is sort of a hybrid between these two extremes. Though I have to say that I do like the way the Rives paper fights just a little bit. Julie recently received some Magnani paper that feels like a cross between the Rives and the Fabriano. I’m going to have to see if I can steal a sheet to play with, though I don’t think she has any extra (it’s for a printing project). But maybe I can swap it with a sheet of my Fabriano paper without her knowing.
At any rate, here’s an image of the final drawing. I sent it off to the client on Monday, so hopefully it will be arriving (safely) before the end of the week.
Tyler Portrait, 20″x26″ – Private Collection
Update: just got an email that it arrived this afternoon without any problems. What a relief.