When I first began doing colored pencil art, I rarely used anything but white paper. I loved the selection of colors available in the pencils and white paper seemed like the best way to take advantage of them.
Accepting a few portraits with deadlines revealed the need to look for ways to shorten the drawing process. Once I began exploring ways to save time, it didn’t take long to learn the value of beginning with a colored paper. That discovery soon led to the realization that there are a lot of ways to use color in colored pencil drawings and they aren’t limited to the colors of the pencils. For portrait work and animal drawings, and drawings done on-location, the selection of colored papers became as important as the pencils themselves.