What paper should I use for graphite? The best paper for graphite drawing should be over 80 lbs. (120 gsm). The heavier weight is better for drawing since it can take more erasure and can handle the constant pressure from the pencil better. Thinner paper will tear easier and ruin your work.
What is the best paper for graphite portraits? A soft vellum surface. The random texture is ideal for sublte and even shading. Strathmore 500 Series Plate Drawing or Plate Bristol papers are our very smoothest. The smoother the paper, the more difficult it can be to produce an even shade.
Can I use watercolor paper for graphite drawing?
What paper is best for pencil drawing? Cartridge Paper
‘Cartridge’ is the standard type of paper that artists use for graphite drawing. It has just enough tooth (grain), to produce a pleasing slightly textured pencil line. Most sketch pads are white but some brands produce an off-white which is warmer.