There are many different types of drawing paper available today, more so than ever before which makes the process of choosing the best paper for charcoal drawing even more difficult. Charcoal is a dry, dusty medium that needs a paper with tooth, with texture, to hold the medium in place. You will also need a strong paper that will stand up to heavy mark making and erasing. So in other words, avoid any paper that is smooth like hot pressed papers for example. Below are a handful of popular papers well suited for the charcoal drawing medium. I have included links to where you can purchase these papers online at Dick Blick Artist Materials. I am an affiliate of Dick Blick and if you purchase any of the products via the links below, I will receive a small commission. I thank you for your support.
Be sure to check out some of our free charcoal drawing tutorials here.