White Chalk Pastel on Black Paper
White Chalk Pastel on Black Paper
Water Soluble Verses Regular Graphite
I have to admit, this sketch was a lot of fun. There are definite benefits to working with water-soluble graphite as opposed to regular graphite pencils. For anyone who has ever used graphite, they will know all-to-well the shiny effect that graphite can create; with water-soluble this is no longer an issue.
While working with water-soluble graphite, I was pleasantly surprised by a couple other great results. This medium grants the ability to create fine detailed lines. It also allows areas to be worked into a darker value. Drawings can be rendered quickly creating either a loose water paint feel or a more rigid real life look. The only drawback is that it is very difficult to remove graphite from highlighted areas after water has been used; therefore, plan ahead.
I think I might have to do one more drawing using this medium; I would like to experiment a little more before I move on.
Paper Used: Canson Mixed Media
If you have any comments or questions regarding water-soluble graphite please feel free to comment below, I am always happy to talk about art.
It is always the drawings that I do on scrap paper with an everyday pencil that seem to produce the result I am looking for. There is a certain freedom that comes from knowing that this is not the final piece. For this reason I do a lot of my planning on tracing paper. I know I can be hard on the paper and still erase without breaking down the tooth of the surface. The funny thing is, however, that because I am more relaxed I erase less; the lines tend to flow uninhibited. Tracing paper also enables me to see proportions and layout before I have committed them to art paper.
As I sat down this morning to plan images for a watercolor or water soluble graphite (I haven’t decided yet), I quickly came up with this simple sketch. I wanted something uncomplicated and loose that I could try finish with a couple different mediums to see which result I like best.
For those that have been asking why I have not blogged anything for a while I will try be more diligent in blogging as I play. Thank you for keeping me accountable, it is good to know there are people out there that miss seeing the artwork.
Jounetsu (Japanese Kanji)
12×9 White Chalk on Black Paper
13 x 19 Charcoal – Moments
The older my children get the more I find they talk about childhood moments, and many times I am surprised by the moments that have had the most impact, or the ones that hold the greatest memories for them. It is those moments and the moments with other family and friends that mark time and have helped me become the person I am today.
Colored Pencil on 9 X 12 Black Paper
Enjoy the rhythms of summer before they disappear.
When life gets busy and schedules seem to spin out of control just breathe. Remember life is pretty good – actually, it’s pretty amazing! Each day will always be too short for all of its ambitions. Slow down and breathe in the rhythms of grace.
Drawing and being engaged in creative activities gives hope, spurs productivity, and elevates mental alertness. Every time I work on a new art piece I find this to be the case. So, if this is true, why am I not drawing more? That is a great question. I guess I am just too lazy to pick up my pencil. No, really, life just gets super busy sometimes. When I do have time to become absorbed in a new art piece it is a great treat.
Jumbled, cluttered, whirlwind… If I could look inside my brain, I think I would see that exact chaotic mess of too many thoughts crashing around, each one vying for my attention. Okay, it’s probably not that bad. It is, however, essential for me to stop, breathe, prioritize, and refocus daily. Picking up my sketchbook helps me to regain this focus and be more productive.
This weekend I decided it was time for a sketch with less detail, using only a charcoal stick and eraser I set out to sketch a bald eagle. I blocked in most of the page with charcoal, being careful on the areas I knew would remain lighter. With my kneaded eraser I removed the excess charcoal to bring out the highlight areas. Easily completed in one sitting, this free-flowing method of drawing with charcoal is a great sketch break activity.
9×12 sketchbook watercolor
I know I am a black and white kind of girl, but once-in-awhile I like to add color and playfulness to my drawings. This weekend was one of those times. I don’t like to labor over a color piece, so what better medium to use than watercolor. Draw a quick rough sketch, then add a little color – done. One of the attributes I enjoy about watercolor is the variety of effects it can create. The piece can be soft and muted with a quick color wash, it can be bold and free with the use of more pigment, or any effect in-between.
If I approach an art piece with no expectations of how I want it to look in the end I find great relaxation and freedom in the process. This is how I approach watercolor. Really, does it mater how it turns out. It is a piece of paper. If I don’t like it, I can just start over and enjoy the process again.
I really enjoyed playing with these pieces. It’s a great experience, no matter how it turns out.