• 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…

  • Pencils ontop of a sketchbook, with a razor and sandpaper to the right
    Drawing,  Life Musings,  Sketchbooks

    Sharpening Pencils

    I finally feel like I’m getting the hang of using a single-edge razor to sharpen pencils. They really do work so much better to have a variety of line, but I’m still fond of cheap mechanical pencils too – nostalgia is a strong force. And of course a consistent line weight has its advantages on occasion. I feel a little silly, showing fundamental drills/practice work like value bars, but honestly, even if they don’t look very special, putting the time in on simple exercises really does make a difference. I’m getting more confident with graphite, but dip pens are still rough. The ink feathers so much on most paper. It…