Friday, June 11, 2010

Doug Uses Arches of France Paper

People frequently ask Doug about the medium he works in when rendering finishes - whether for Playboy, a limited edition 11 x 17 print or commissioned artwork.

The success to his luscious, lovely ladies is attributed to using aniline dyes - namely, Dr. Ph. Martin's Synchromatic Transparent Watercolor - and Peterboro HI-ART, Made in Canada, Watercolor Board. The surface is 100% rag by Arches of France, which he's used since the early 1960s.

He recalls being in Montreal and talking with the art director at Weekend Magazine, which for a number of years featured Doug's illustrations. The art director recommended Arches, a quality paper manufactured in Lorraine, France since 1492. Prior to this conversation, Doug said he used any number of illustration boards, but decided to give Arches a try - he's been using it ever since!!!

Arches is among the most popular watercolor papers in the world - because, when compared to wood-based papers, 100% cotton provides strength and resistance to scraping and repeated washing and erasing.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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