|L.to R.: Graphite, water soluble graphite,Water colored soluble|
graphite & water color, carbon dust
Recently, I completed a class at the Denver Botanic Gardens, in Alternate Graphite. There are so many ways to work with this medium, that I was quite curious. I never did explore the graphite oil pencils....but I was able to work on this drawing with several other graphite mediums. The photo has made the drawing appear a lot darker. I is not as dark, as shown above.
I am very familiar with graphite...and I used a water color paper (fabriano 140 hot press). I think that a smoother paper would be more ideal for this medium. The water soluble pencils were a blast. I had so much fun with them. You can put the pencil down on the paper, and then play (and set the graphite)with a small water color brush. I also had some water colored soluble graphite pencils, which were very similar to the black graphite ones, but the colors were a bit subdued. I chose to add a touch of water color over the top, to give the aspen it's golden color of Fall. Lastly, I worked in carbon dust...which is a very delicate medium. The pencils tips are rubbed on rough paper to create your source of carbon....then a dry brush (very small) is used to apply it slowly to the paper. I had a lot more difficulty with the nuances of carbon dust. I am definitely planning to work in this medium again, as I think that it could be delightful.
With graphite, I need to work with less of a 'heavy hand'. It is so easy for the drawing to become darker than anticipated. A light hand is a definite plus when working in this medium.
Okay.... that has my my art discovery of the Summer Season. Next time, I will share my good old colored pencil work.... a project which has taken most of the Summer months...and is not totally complete (needs that resting period and some finish work).