Marking Making Part 8 title card, with supplies and drawings arranged in flat lay photo
Drawing,  Figure Drawing,  Inspiration

Mark Making Part 8: Graphite Pencils

Yay! Graphite pencils! And I decided to do several gesture drawings and warm up pencil drills for this one, as I own a lot of 2B, HB, normal #2 pencils, and mechanical pencils. It would have gotten quite repetitive to make general abstract lines with all of them. Especially given it’s all the same grey color.

Not that I didn’t do a few sheets of plainer mark making – though even then, I choose a few classic drawing drills with ellipses and lines, compared to the more intuitive drawings I’ve been doing with the other mediums.

I had a lot of fun drawing very loose and carefree with most of the gesture drawings below. I could tell when there were times I was still too tense, worried more about proportion and having the figure look “good” rather than feeling the motion of a given pose or facial expression.

Gesture drawings of human figures in action poses, made with graphite pencils
Gesture drawings of human figures in action poses, made with graphite pencils
Gesture drawings of human figures in action poses, made with graphite pencils

For reference I utilized a couple resources:

  1. Pexels – searching “Action pose”
  2. Pinterest– searching “Action pose photography” (without the word photography, a lot of fine art gesture drawings came up in the results)
  3. Line of Action, which is great for timed gesture drawing practice.

Tonight I splurged and ordered take out pizza, yay! 😀 Then Ricky and I went to pick up a grocery delivery, but there was a mix up and they’ll have it ready for us tomorrow instead, ah well. It’s already getting to be close to 9pm and I still need to call my mom back. Still hoping to get a little more drawing in and maybe read some more of And All Between.

Til next time.

I'm an illustrator, web, and graphic designer honing my skills and learning all I can about drawing, painting, and storytelling through visual art.

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