He’s so smooth he glided onto my paper.
Newfound media - White pastel pencil on black paper. Much love!
Discovered - graphite paint!
Pro: Love how easy it is to fill up large areas of the drawing and manipulating the tones. (Also feel more like an artist with a paintbrush, whipping it inexpertly across the paper.) Finishes with a graphite sheen and incredibly- can still be smudged with a tortillon after it dries, allowing me to soften the lines to give it a slightly more realistic effect.
Con: There’s a reason I switched to dry mediums. It’s watery nature also makes it tougher to control the finer details and leaves obvious brush strokes. The icing: Can’t erase mistakes, which I make aplenty.
Clockwise from top:
1. Avril Lavigne (First charcoal attempt!)
Started off with graphite pencil but it’s glossy sheen can never quite achieve the rich, dark tones needed to draw attention to certain features. So added charcoal.
2. “Prelude to a Kiss” movie poster (Graphite pencil)
I loved the emotion in the picture.. and somehow i love how the main features are sort of properly sketched in and the rest (hair) isn’t.
3. Random actor. (Graphite pencil)
One of my earlier sketches. If memory serves, it was my fourth sketch ever.
4. Annabelle (Graphite pencil)
A little toddler stumbling about one ay at the dining hall of the college I live at. That’s an apple she’s holding, not a ball.
Was using mostly my fingers to shade in 2. and 3. and started experimenting with tortillons and tissue (picks up too much graphite/charcoal but great for smoothing) in 1. and 4.
Oddly enough, my shading looks heaps smoother in 2. though it’s one of my earliest attempts. I wonder why?