More correctly the title of this post should be choosing a support as it applies to any surface you might like to work on not just paper. Today’s example image and more specifically the paper it is drawn on is not necessarily a mistake but a better choice could have been made. The image is of a black African portrait and in hindsight would have been more appropriately drawn on toned or black paper. As it happens the sketch is perfectly ok for the purpose intended. The point I would like to make is that I didn’t consider what would be the best support for this portrait before I started drawing. After I had finished the drawing it struck me that a black paper and a white pencil would probably have been better suited to this subject. So it’s something worth considering at the start of your process.