When it’s water media, we’re talking cold- or hot-pressed cotton rag, blocked or stretched water color paper. At least 140lb sheets. If it’s drawing, I’ll use anything. Especially fond of brown kraft paper.
This was an exercise in economy of draughtsmanship. What makes a drawing a portrait in twenty minutes? Which parts of a particular face require accurate representation in order to achieve likeness? They write books about this, but practice still beats four aces.
The earth, saturated with the blood of twenty thousand slain, broke forth into millions of poppies, and the traveller who passed that vast sheet of scarlet might well fancy that the earth had indeed given up her dead.
—Sir James Frazer, The Golden Bough