In my recent poll, I offered a few options to try out my sepia Conte pencils on. The giraffe took an early lead, but the orangutan won in the end. My plans for the orangutan are big: 18"x24". I have a pose worked out, and I'm trying to decide between bristol vellum and bristol smooth papers. This one is going to take a while because of it's size, but I'll post updates along the way.
Here's a sketch I did of an eye on vellum for practice.