|Bristol paper - 22 x 30 cm|
After finishing the pencil drawing below, I wanted to try it in color. So I sketched it quickly on four pieces of paper and did the pictures below.
The two on the top row are on watercolor paper, while #3 and #4 are on Bristol paper. Bristol is a very smooth surface (like the one for technical drawings) and the paints behave very differently. This was my first experience with it. It is hard to work wet-in-wet and to make smooth transitions, but it allows to create better contrast and the colors stay more intense, as they don't get so easily absorbed by the paper. The first three jugs are done with quinacridone red, while the last uses cadmium red. It seems to me that the more opaque cadmium colors are better for still life.