I have been drawing a lot lately, I tend to go from painting to drawing and back. I have been looking at old master portraits and been enjoying drawing them, yet as soon as I am done sketching and I look at it, I like what I see, yet I can never get the darks as dark as I want...or think I need. I love the grey toned paper for creating nice white highlights and I want to get some that is bigger. Most is just standard letter size.
I have seen charcoal paper but it is expensive so my question is, smooth or toothed paper and what is a decent paper that is grey that doesnt involve selling my kidney..