Sea Shells by the Sea Shore

This was our final class using graphite pencils. We’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with different papers and pencils.

This week we used a water soluble graphite pencil technique. Our paper was hot pressed watercolour paper. Some used Arches and some Saunders waterford. I found the sizing on the saunders made it easier to lift areas with an eraser.

Transfer the image to your paper. For this one i taped a piece of hot press watercolour paper to my laptop computer screen (where I had the image in full screen) went into a dark room and traced the image with a hb pencil.

Transfer the image to your paper. For this one i taped a piece of hot press watercolour paper to my laptop computer screen (where I had the image in full screen) went into a dark room and traced the image with a hb pencil.

Here is the step after the pencil has been applied to the darkest areas and then painted with the water brush. You can see in the lower left there is a fair amount of water on the paper. This is so I can grate pencil over the wet area letting it dissolve and giving a sandy texture.

Here is the step after the pencil has been applied to the darkest areas and then painted with the water brush. You can see in the lower left there is a fair amount of water on the paper. This is so I can grate pencil over the wet area letting it dissolve and giving a sandy texture.

Start by drawing in the darkest value areas, and then go in over those areas with your water brush. Once you have pigment on the end of the brush, you can also use it to paint other areas (Like the shell in behind the starfish)

Start by drawing in the darkest value areas, and then go in over those areas with your water brush. Once you have pigment on the end of the brush, you can also use it to paint other areas (Like the shell in behind the starfish)

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Drew in the final shells, using the same technique as the ones on the left.

 

Here is the step after the pencil has been applied to the darkest areas and then painted with the water brush. You can see in the lower left there is a fair amount of water on the paper. This is so I can grate pencil over the wet area letting it dissolve and giving a sandy texture.

Here is the step after the pencil has been applied to the darkest areas and then painted with the water brush. You can see in the lower left there is a fair amount of water on the paper. This is so I can grate pencil over the wet area letting it dissolve and giving a sandy texture.

The completed graphite painting

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Here are the class results 

The underpainting was like a black and white watercolor, then we went in over top with dry media….well some looked very well just with the underpainting:  IMG_4773

 

Using the water brush was really effective.  You can use the brush to paint with by brushing the pencil tip with the brush to get pigment on the tip of the brush.  IMG_4771

This is a slideshow of some of the results from the class. Exceptional work!!!

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