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More Water Soluble Graphite

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Water-soluble graphite has quickly become a new favorite medium for me.  I like the richness that the graphite creates along with the freedom to add more layers and not end up with a shiny end result.  The diversity of this medium allows for quick, tight sketches like the kitten seen here, or can be utilized for loose, free-flowing sketches with a more painterly effect.  (I will post a loose sketch next week.)

Drawing detail does take some practice and experimentation.  If too much water is added to an area the graphite will bleed; I almost lost the cat’s eye on this sketch because my brush was too wet.  Drawing can be done dry, using water, or both; it all depends on what effect you want to create.

I also added an element of color to this sketch utilizing a great new drawing tool by ArtGraf.  ArtGraf produces water-soluble graphite along with pigmented water-soluble drawing mediums, most art stores and Amazon now sell this new art product from Portugal.  Here I worked with a very light wash of the pigment, however the same pigment can be used to create deep intense colors. 

 

 

Paper used:  Canson Mixed Media

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Water Soluble Graphite

 

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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.

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Planning for New Art Pieces

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Freedom…

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.

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Moments – Summer Charcoal

[su_heading size=”16″ margin=”30″]”Life is a succession of moments, to live each one is to succeed.” -Corita Kent [/su_heading]

 

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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.

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Snow Leopard – A Time for Rest

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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.

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Portrait Time

 


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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.

Working on this portrait for my niece was a refreshing break that seemed to come at the right time.  Usually I need to give myself permission to relax and draw, so when I have a commission to work on it allows me to ease up on my self-imposed obligations and duties.  After all, immersing myself into a creative space enables me to be more productive.
 
 
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Thank you, Karly.  I had a lot of fun reliving the past.
Now on to the next commission.
 
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Sketchbook Sketch Break

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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.

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