Work in Progress Wednesday | Drawing with Graphitint

Work in Progress Wednesday | Drawing with Graphitint


Graphitint pencils are tinted h2o-soluble graphite pencils built by Derwent. I’m employing them this 7 days to challenge my thinking about coloration and approach.

Experimenting with new supplies is a great way to reveal unexplored options in your get the job done. I have worked with Graphitint pencils in advance of, and come across the entire notion of water-soluble drawing supplies thrilling. It is been a challenge for me to embrace them completely, nonetheless, mainly because I’ve created a attitude and way of working with conventional elements that I can count on and supply instead predictable effects. What you are going to see in this posting is the 1st stage to greater comprehension these exclusive pencils and new prospects with colour.

Graphitint WIP
Reference Graphic
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Original line-do the job and clean

Original Clean

What I did: I evenly built the outlines of the most important designs, and then employed “Ocean Blue #07,” to evenly layer the sky, distant hills, trees, and shadow styles. With a #10 brush loaded with water, I washed the location and permit it dry.

What I’d Do In different ways: Notice the uneven spots in the sky? This is because my brush was too small and I was not ready to produce an even clean to the whole sky location in a single pass. On the subsequent check out, I’d use a larger #14 watercolor brush, which would hold extra h2o and let me to work the complete location in a single try.

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Mid-Tone clean


What I did: I made use of “Green Grey #09” for the distant hills, “Ivy #11” to block the mid-tones for the trees, and “Chestnut #13” for the red shadow spots. The #10 Sable Brush labored very well to develop an initial wash and build mild textural brushwork. Following the preliminary wash dried, I utilized a layer of dried pencil to produce a dried textured influence on the tough tooth of the paper.

What I’d Do In a different way: The shade in the distant hills is not creating the impact I would have favored. Offered a 2nd check out, I would create a more robust first layer of “Sky Blue #07.” This would generate a lot more atmospheric distance. In the shadow areas of the making, I would use “Cool Brown #13.”

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Last review layered with dry Graphitint

Remaining Review

What I did: I used a clean of “Sage #12” on the floor and chapel to advertisement heat. Detail, texture, and shadow was additional using hatching with a dry “Shadow #05” pencil.

What I’d Do Differently: The reddish shadow areas are too robust, so I would begin with a stronger layer of “Sage #12” and a lighter layer of “Chestnut #13” to point out the shadows.

What Was Acquired

Graphitint on watercolor paper is a compelling pairing. The ensuing image has a compelling gentle high-quality and texture, but I have to have to improved have an understanding of the colours and how to layer them efficiently. I take pleasure in creating levels of hatch marks and particulars on leading of the colored washes and search ahead to functioning additional with these components!


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