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Quick Study – Water Soluble Graphite Dancer


Quick Study

 

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I continued to experiment with water soluble-graphite this week.  In this quick drawing I loosely sketched the dancer, then with a wet brush freely and quickly went over it.  After allowing the paper to dry a little, I went back and added more detail with my graphite pencil and a wet brush.  I also played with a dry brush.

Leaving the lines of the skirt open helped create movement in the dancer. Painterly motions of a wet brush also help add to this effect.  I have to admit though, I am terrible at just walking away from a drawing and saying it is done.  For me there is always something to tweak.  Therefore some of the free-flowing effects that I had, have become more detailed.  Next time I will walk away, maybe.

 

Paper:  Canson Mixed Media

Pencils:  ArtGraf 2B, 6B

 

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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.