I’m going to give a charcoal portrait of a friend to her, on her B. Day. . Should I put it on a frame? What kind of frame would suit a black and white drawing?? What colour should it be. . ? Than you 4 ur attention. Well, I have your answer right here. Framed is good. Otherwise her nice charcoal portrait will get smudged and wrinkled. Matted is also good. This keeps the glass and the paper separated. It also gives space around the image, which is more restful to the eye. If you use a mat, you can also use any frame color or style you like. Anything from black or silver metal sectional frames (an inexpensive option) all the way to gold leaf. I pick up inexpensive frames in the picture section at Good Will all the time. I discard the art and reuse the frame. It’s nice to find a larger frame with glass in it. I have repainted, refinished, or releafed dozens of frames myself, and the people I give them to would never know the difference. I have boxes and boxes of frames. I always say, if you’ve got a frame, you’ve got a gift.