I did this one on Strathmore toned tan paper - and I enjoyed working on this warm colored surface. Not real toothy, but it was perfect with the compressed pastel sticks from General Pencil Co - in this case, black, white, sanguine and sepia. I am always so happy to find art media made in this country. General Pencil is not just an American company, but I really enjoy working with their products - and I LOVE their Primo Euro Blend charcoal pencils and sticks - they remind me of the Ritmo pencils of years ago. Thanks for stopping by!