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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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Rembrandt Lighting – Art Study

Summer Study

Have you ever looked at a painting and been absolutely mesmerized by how the artist was able to command the mood with the use of lighting?  After visiting numerous art galleries in Europe last year I knew I needed to take some time to study lighting more.  Now is the time.  With the busyness of the year behind me, I can once again focus on art study.  My plan for the summer is to study the works of Rembrandt who was a master at manipulating light.

RembrandtSelf Portrait – Rembrandt (public domain)

As the summer progresses, I hope to post pieces with some of the different lighting techniques that Rembrandt used. I have a goal and I have a plan; let’s see where it takes me.