Paper Drawings

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Introduction

Before the widespread availability of paper, artists drew on vellum (i.e. calfskin) and tablets of wax, slate, or wood. Today, artists have a wide selection of materials and tools with which to create paper drawings of various styles and characteristics--from paper of varying colors and textures, to an array of wet and dry drawing mediums. For example, black charcoal on roughly-textured craft paper works well for dramatic works created with broad, gestural strokes, and white charcoal pencil drawings on black paper often appear to have a subtly luminous effect. Explore our vast selection of drawings on paper, created by some of the most talented emerging artists from around the globe.