Graphite on Smooth Vellum 4” x 6”
2010 Copyright Valerie Jones
“When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for a better understanding. Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it and shows there are still more pages possible.” ~Robert Henri
Graphite Pencils is our topic of discussion today. The Gerber Daisies picture was drawn using close to a full range of graphite pencils.
The “H” pencils are the harder pencils and create the lightest values. I use these to redefine and smooth skin tone values. In the daisy picture, I used these to create the mid-tone value of the flower petals.
The “B” pencils are the softer pencils create the darker values. The “8B” pencil is almost as dark as charcoal which creates a nice black. The “Ebony” pencil is close in range with a “6B” pencil. It creates a rich dark that I use to create the darks in the pupil of an eye or shadows in the hair.
I use the medium graphite values to create a darker mid-tone.
Try these on your next drawing. Is there a pencil that is your favorite? My favorite is plane ol’ “B”. It creates wonderful mid-tone values for me. If you tend to be heavy handed, try “H” or “HB” for your mid-tones.