Over the last month, I have been working on this black-paper drawing of a lynx. The hardest part of drawing on black paper is that, unless you have high quality paper, it is more difficult to shade. The black paper I used was quite a lot rougher than printer paper which I usually use so there isn’t much shading in my drawing as a result.
The advantage of drawing on black paper is that it makes drawing highlights much easier as you can draw them directly. In a typical graphite drawing on white paper, highlights are created by an absence of graphite and thus you have less control as you aren’t drawing the highlights directly. As highlights are typically much finer details than shadows in an animal drawing, using black paper allows you to draw details you wouldn’t normally be able to draw. By using black paper, I was able to draw highlights on each individual hair of the lynx, and also draw very defined whiskers. The only issue is that I had to draw with coloured pencils as the wax in these pencils does not behave the same as graphite and is a lot harder to work with.