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I need to start working on smooth (hot press) bristol board more often. I'm pleased with the results of "Grandpa Joe" as the smooth bristol helps retain a lot of the line quality of pencil instead of it being more tonal and gradual values like cold press (board and paper) tends to do. My Abraham Lincoln was also done on smooth bristol and I can see parallels on the satisfaction with that one to "Grandpa Joe". It really lends itself to my particular style and approach especially when drawing older faces with wrinkles and age lines.
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