Figure drawing is the meat and potatoes if one wishes to learn how to do figurative paintings. I absolutely adore figure drawing. These are in graphite as it is a little easier to control. But rendering in graphite takes an enormous amount of time. The paper I used is Strathmore smooth (first), Canson drawing paper (second) and Lanaquarelle (last two). I really like the Lanaquarelle but you really have to work at getting a nice, smooth finish in the rendering.