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The best paper size for learning drawing

The best paper size for learning drawing

Question from Qui, Drawing Academy student

Is it really important to draw on A2 size paper? Do I need to use a drawing board or drawing on a desk is acceptable?

Feedback from Vladimir London, Art tutor

Thank you for your question.

This depends on what kind of art you would like to produce.

If you are planning to make only small artworks in a future, for example miniatures, book illustrations or comics, using the A4 and A3 paper size and drawing on a horizontal or slightly tilted desktop is acceptable. This will develop your fine motor skills because you would be using the “writing grip” to hold a pencil.

However, should you decide to make large-scale artworks later on in your art career, you need to develop good eye-hand coordination and the skills of handling a pencil with the “candle grip“.

The best paper size for learning drawing

Going small when you can make large artworks is easy. Going big when you only practiced small-scale drawing is difficult. That is why it is better to learn drawing on A2 sheets of paper fixed on a vertically positioned drawing board or an easel.

I hope this explains the importance of making the right decision at the beginning.

Kind regards,

Vladimir London
Art tutor

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