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I haven’t used graphite for drawing for over 20+ years. It’s been mostly charcoal and ink. But a video I watched on YouTube in which the artist, who was demonstrating, used a mechanical graphite pencil and the result was just stunning. It was a 3 hour drawing and the artist had all the time to work out the complex layers of hatching and crosshatching. The longest pose I get to draw from is only 20 minutes long so I have to work very fast and the result usually looks hurried and sketchy.

It’s been about 3 weeks since I first started using graphite and I think I’m coming along where I’m getting a good feel for it. I think I’ll stick with it for awhile. I had thoughts of going back to charcoal for today’s workshop but decided otherwise.

Below are a couple of 20 minute graphite pencil drawing with white highlights on toned paper.

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