2, Issue 6
December 16, 1999
week I got a question sent in by a reader by the name of Scoll
He asked about what size of paper I use, so I decided that this
week I would just do a little run-down on some of the art supplies
I use and recommend. First, Ill answer Scolls question
about the paper size.
I use regular 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Not only does this go for me,
but also for most of the concept artists who Ive worked
with. This is not to say that every concept artist does this (not
by any means), but it just happens that is the case with most
of the ones Ive worked with. Here are the reasons why many
of them choose that paper size:
is easy to find and it is cheap to buy.
is the perfect size for most flatbed scanners. If you need to
scan in your drawing, it really sucks trying fit a 11 x 17 picture
on a 8 1/2 x 11 scanner.
is a good size paper for concept drawings. If you are presenting
drawings to someone, its a pain to pull out a huge drawing
and flatten it out.
is easy to store in a folder. I recommend purchasing a binder
of some sorts which has thin, flexible, plastic inserts to hold
your individual drawings (if you are unsure about what Im
talking about, it is basically like a photo album, but for drawings).
This way you dont have to worry about them getting torn
and you also wont have to hassle with rolling them up.
5. 8 1/2
x 11 paper has a light tooth to it so your pencil strokes wont
be grainy. But, if that is the look or style you are going for,
you might want a heavy tooth paper which is sold at most art stores.
tell college art professors what I just mentioned they will probably
spaz-out. Art instructors want students to draw on huge, and I
mean huge paper, most of the time. I understand why they want
you to do this, but it has always struck me as funny since you
generally dont draw huge pictures in the professional world
of art. Again, it really depends of what sort of job you are in,
but for the most part it just doesnt happen.