Sword Illustration on Toned Paper by Reid Schlegel

Artist and Industrial Designer Reid Schlegel created an illustration of a Viking sword on our 400 Series Toned Tan paper. Reid walks us through his process and shows how to get details and dimension on our mid-tone tan paper. 


Strathmore 400 Series Toned Tan Sketch Pad, 9"x12"

White Prismacolor Verithin Pencil
White Uni-Ball Signs Broad
Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen White 101
White Sakura Permapaque Opaque Pigment Marker
Black Prismacolor Verithin Pencil
Black Pentel Paper Mate Flair
Grey Le Pen 
Grey Pental Color Pen Fine Point S360-112
Silver Uni-Ball Gel Impact
Copic C1
Copic C2
Copic C3
Copic C4
Copic C5
Copic C6
Copic C7
Copic C8
Copic C9
Copic C10

French Curve Ruler
Westcott Ruler

See more from Reid on Instagram: @reid.schlegel
and on Reid's website


Starting your artwork using mid-range tan or gray paper allows for unique sketching & drawing possibilities by providing the middle value that would otherwise need to be rendered by the artist.  A wider range of values from light to dark can be used, and the middle tone makes it easier for the artist to deliberately place shadows and highlights.

Keeping the value of the paper as one of the values in the drawing not only saves time, but allows the artist to use graphite or other dark media to push darker values and white pencils or other light media to add highlights, making sketches and drawings pop. 

Our Toned papers are 100% recycled, contain 30% post-consumer fiber, and also contain kraft and bark fiber inclusions which adds visual interest.

We carry both Toned Sketch pads in tan and gray, and Toned Mixed Media pads in tan, gray and blue:

Toned Sketch:
In 4 sizes of wirebound sketchbook format, this 80lb (118gsm) toned paper in tan and gray is perfect for light and dark dry media and markers. 

Toned Mixed Media:
In 4 sizes of glue bound pads, this heavyweight, 184lb (300gsm) tan, gray and blue paper is made for both wet and dry media. It has the vellum finish of a drawing sheet for mediums like colored pencil and graphite, and the weight and internal sizing of a watercolor paper for wet media applications. 

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