There are two sides to a piece of paper.
One is good for drawing on with a charcoal or a pastel pencil.
One is way too textured.
Detail (above) of my sketch of Handsome, showing the craters and pits in the wrong side of the paper--wrong for this use, anyway.
I'm still thinking that I can find those oil-based pencils locally--so to skip the mail order wait--but I feel that I will very soon succumb to my urge to just place an online order.