On the 1st of July I posted Spot the Difference. In that post I stated my intention to draw the same picture on two different papers so that I could see how each paper compared to its counterpart. But I got tired of the experiment. After completing the drawing on Velin BFK Rives, I temporarily gave up on the Magnani Pescia version. It was too monotonous to do the same subject twice in a row. I put the part-finished Pescia drawing away for a rainy day.
This week, with some time on my hands (the proverbial ‘rainy day’), I finished the second version on Pescia. I didn’t refer to the first drawing while doing the second as I wanted to keep each work fresh and independent of the other. Only yesterday I finally put the two drawings side by side, although the first had already been framed under glass.
In conclusion I am surprised at how similar my two drawings are. If anything, I carried on working for longer with the Pescia laying on more colours than I did with the Rives drawing. This wasn’t for any reason other than I was working instinctively with each paper. Overall it is hard to say which is better, if indeed one IS better than the other.
What I found, and perhaps this is the main thing, I enjoyed working with both papers equally. My Better Half (Matthew) is fascinated with all the Velin BFK Rives drawings I have done so far (five of them). He thinks Rives produces a more painterly result with pencils than Pescia does. He says colour on Rives is picked up by light in such a way that it has a luminous glowing quality about it.
I guess I had better continue with Rives then – especially since I have just used my last piece of Pescia in the world. All gone.
POSTSCRIPT: (October 2015) I decided I didn’t like the Pescia version of this drawing at all so I threw it out. Now only the Rives version remains.
Related post: Amethyst 8th July 2015