Recent Figure drawings Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils on layout bond. I also got to try Kirk's buttery red chalk pencils on some of these. I noticed a slight difference in my drawings just by switching to something other than the usual Conte and newsprint combo.
For a while I enjoyed smooth newsprint surface, now I kind of like the slightly rougher surfaces like layout bond. Interestingly the cost for 500 sheets of newsprint is about the same as 50 sheet of layout bond. I wonder if the huge bond rolls might be a cheaper alternative, although I don't like paper in rolls.