I got to draw from one of my favorite models this week...Mike posed for our drawing group Thursday night...here is a quick, 2-minute gesture and our long pose for the evening. The long pose is on a gessoed piece of watercolor paper (this is actually the 4th layer on this board - there have been many attempts to draw on this surface, and every time I paint over it in frustration! But that's ok! It just makes for a more interesting atmosphere for the figure!). I like surfaces that I gesso myself - the brush strokes give a great texture and it hold s the charcoal much better than the ultra-slick machine rolled gessoed surfaces that you can buy.