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13 November 2015

Portraits - watersoluble graphite

I have been using a watersoluble graphite pencil for many of my portraits lately. A few people have mentioned that they had never heard of them before so I decided to do this quick simple tutorial showing my process using one. I use a Progresso Aquarelle. I bought it individually at the local art store for around $2.

I do my drawing initially using it the same as any other graphite pencil. I do like that it is woodless and can be used on its side for shading, much like charcoal.

Here is the end of the sketch. Reference is from a Pixabay image by Ben Kerchx

I then use a waterbrush to blend areas. I tend to start with the darkest areas first and then build up form.

I have found to keep the darkest darks it is best to lightly wet the area with the brush. Washes tend to lighten it overall. Here I brushed from the blended graphite down and away in the top 2 images. If I am trying to control the area more I wash from clean area up into the graphite, as in the bottom example. I hope that makes sense. Basically I am using it like a watercolour pencil, if you are familiar with them.

Initial washes and blending complete. You can see that I have flicked the brush out from the dark hair areas to help depict strands. Now to let it dry completely.

Once dry I go back erase any areas I want to lighten and go over other areas with the pencil to add detail or more shading. It can be nice to see some pencil lines in the final piece.
I hope you have found this to be interesting and informative in some way. I often find it is nice just to see the process someone else uses.

07 November 2015

I'm back!

I am happy to say that I am back. Yes I tried a different blog site and have lost nearly a years worth of posts but as they say onwards and upwards. If you are keen to see what you have missed you can always look at my Facebook page Jacqui Petersen Illustrations

I did have a break from my art due to health and other reasons for a few months but I am back into the full swing of it. October was a huge month with Inktober, Every Day in October, Drawloween, Scavenger Hunts and a few portraits and other sketches along the way. However did I find the time and energy.

Here is an overview of all that work...

Inktober 2015

Every Day in October

Drawloween featuring Bunny

Other sketches

So I hope to see you back and to be posting regularly again. :)