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Drawing & Sketch Pads


The difference between a drawing pad and a sketch pad is as different as the process of drawing vs. sketching. Although many artists and non-artists may use these terms interchangeably, drawing pads usually contain heavier-weight, higher-quality papers that may not be archival but are intended for finished work, while sketch pads contain lighter weight paper intended for quick studies or practice, but not for final works of art.


Whether you’re creating a quick sketch or a detailed final drawing, Blick offers many drawing pads and sketching pads from which to choose. What should you consider when making your selection? Choose a drawing paper or sketching paper that suits your needs based on the type of media you’re using, as well as the desired fiber type, weight, and surface texture or finish. You may also prefer a wirebound pad vs. a gluebound pad, or eco-friendly pads made from recycled content or produced using wind power.


Take a step away from traditional drawing and sketch pads, and you’ll find lined, dotted, and gridded pads for notetaking, writing, and journaling, plus sketch pads, newsprint pads, doodle pads, composition books, and drawing pads for kids and classrooms.


Recycled Papers are either 100% post-consumer or blended. Post-consumer fiber is the greenest choice, however the recycling process shortens the fibers and thus weakens the final product. For this reason, some artists prefer a paper that is manufactured with a blend of new and recycled fiber.