Was recommended to try out "gessobord" brand. I love working small scale so obviously I'm quite hooked. Saves you paint, forces you to practice brush economy, and best part is...they're easily scannable!!!
Studies - oilI discovered that the Mohawk brand of loose leaf paper I use (80 lb.) takes oil very well and is a great canvas to do studies on. Every stroke goes on matte so there's no struggling with an overly wet surface. It's almost like gouache, but with more substance.
Digital studies - some quick and some more time consuming