I've been looking for the ultimate paper for charcoal for a while, Michaelangelo was rumoured to be able to produce a masterpiece with a broom and a bucket of mud but I need a bit more help and quality materials definately make a difference. So this is charcoal on Rives BFK, its been mentioned in the last little while in two of the blogs I follow, Michael Newberry - An Artist's Voice and Mike Manley's Draw so I took note. They are both top notch artists and if you havent visited their blogs I recommend them, Mr Newberry is a big influence on me and his tutorials very good and Mike Manleys output and range is awesome. Anyway, I ordered some of the paper and wasnt disappointed, it really can take quite a lot of abuse although being quite pricey I shall use it wisely. I was introduced to the reference photo for this through Wet Canvas but it originates from http://www.cable9tuba.deviantart.com/ - some amazing images on his site.
Charcoal on Rives BFK a bit smaller than A3