The actual purpose was to experiment with some new papers, and I decided to do a couple of self-portraits because... well I guess because it's been a while (I should do a blog post showing my self-portraits from my teen years till the present day... now that would be funny). For those who care, the bottom paper is Fabriano hot press watercolour paper, and the top one is Somerset textured (which I believe is a print-making paper). I also did one on Arches hot press watercolour paper, but I botched it.
I like being forced to get different results by using new papers, but nothing so far lives up to the BFK Rives paper for exciting and bizarre ink-and-water action. I'm going to try a couple more printmaking papers just for shits 'n giggles, but I have a feeling I'll be crawling back to the BFK Rives pretty quick, begging forgiveness.
I'll do one more self-portrait on BFK Rives, for comparison's sake... that's what I'll do.