Best Paper For Inking Comics?

What paper is best for ink?

Read on for the top 5 best types of paper we recommend using for ink drawing.

  • Bristol Board. Description: Bristol board provides a stiff surface (heavier than drawing paper).
  • Mixed Media Paper.
  • Watercolor Paper.
  • Illustration Board.
  • Drawing Sketchbook.

What size paper should you draw comics on?


11×17 is pretty much standard, but you can draw smaller (or bigger) as long as the image you draw fits the roughly 6×10″ area that the book will be printed at when reduced.

What is the smoothest paper?

A soft vellum surface. The random texture is ideal for sublte and even shading. Strathmore 500 Series Plate Drawing or Plate Bristol papers are our very smoothest. The smoother the paper, the more difficult it can be to produce an even shade.