Thank you (for the fave too)!!! I use a smooth paper A4, similar to the normal paper for photocopier)but it is a little gray, not enough to see a white charcoal....I can't tell you the brand because I've thrown the casing. Thank you again!!
I know how you feel, I always see how much better I could do! it does look good though. How much do I draw, well that really depends. Sometimes I go a month or two without even holding a pencil and then other times I draw constantly.