There are many kinds of drawing and painting surfaces. Paper is the most common and it comes in many forms and textures. Look for paper that is acid and lignin free which remains the most stable over the longest time. Avoid recycled papers which deteriorate and yellow with age. Any important work an artist does should be preserved on a surface that will stand the test of time. Edification through the internet about paper is well worth an artist’s time. Having said that, plain newsprint has its usefulness in an artist’s life. Warm up exercises are essential before settling down to a long, serious drawing. Newsprint, the least expensive of all papers to purchase in pads or rolls may be obtained free or nearly so from a local newspaper office. Paper costs can mount up for artists and newsprint allows the artist freedom to explore and experiment without concern over the waste of money and materials.