This sketch pad is great for pencil/pen, charcoal, crayon, and oil pastels. The grit of the paper doesn't hinder me from drawing effectively or at my highest capability. I have two pads of this, but I cannot remember how much they were, but they were affordable at the time. I'm now getting back to drawing and doing artwork since being in college. Overall, the quality is great and I'm glad that I didn't toss them.