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12/28/09
:wow: I just completed my FIRST drawing with "Strathmore Bristol Vellum" paper, and I AM SO GLAD I DID!!! I have used Bristol Smooth for the past 60 portraits.

Although "Bristol SMOOTH" is still MUCH better than the thinner papers I first started drawing with, the downside was, I noticed that I could NOT get the same special effects (specifically, when I use a nail and scratch the paper for hair, and white whiskers, BEFORE applying graphite). The SMOOTH just did not "scratch" well. But now I CAN again using the "Bristol VELLUM". The Vellum handles blending SO much better than Smooth too! I will probably never go back to Smooth again?!?

:D TRUST ME...give Bristol Vellum a try and you will be hooked! :excited: I just finished drawing my identical twin daughters this weekend. I drew the first on Smooth, and then got some Vellum for Christmas from one of my daughters, and drew the second on that. WOW!!! You will see the difference in the hair lines! Too bad I could not get good crisp in focus photos of them with my new camera!
~Rick

Addendum 1/2/10
After drawing a few on Vellum now, I have come to realize that I cannot get the black areas quite as dark as I could with smooth?
  • Listening to: Andrew Belle
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deadmanvalley Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is it really that much better? I am currently using Bristol Smooth.
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Rick-Kills-Pencils Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No that's an OLD post, I use only SMOOTH now :D
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deadmanvalley Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All those people buying the paper you bought LOL. Funnily enough I didn't see the post directly through deviantart/your profile. I was googling about paper to see what the best stuff out their is and your post was ranked like number 5 on what I searched.
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Rick-Kills-Pencils Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL oh no! It's good paper, but it does not blend the same as smooth, and since I have literally 1,500 hours with smooth and 10 hours with vellum, I did not want the learning curve :D
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nonganrui Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May I ask how you use the "scratches" you create in the paper to draw hair? That's really interesting.
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Rick-Kills-Pencils Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have you seen my tip guide? Explains in details www.tinyurl.com/drawingtipguide
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nonganrui Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow thanks! That's really cool!
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Stefunny41 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If I am teaching young kids ages 6-10, which one would you recommend? Still Vellum for the young unexperienced kid? How about pencil.
Stéphanie
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Rick-Kills-Pencils Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I replied to your note :D
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Nikkis-Art Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Rick, I've never really thought about buying special paper for my drawings, I always assumed the pencils were more important and as my sketchpad is a special "art" pad I thought that would do. But I've come to realise blending is so difficult with the paper in this pad; the paper is very grainy. I can see that you added at the end of what you originally wrote that you can't get your darks as dark on the Vellum. Would you be able to let me know which one you believe is better now? Which one do you use? Thanks!
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