Still marching onward with the pencil portraits on toned paper. I just finished the 5 x 8 Strathmore Toned Gray pad and moving on to the 9 x 12 pad. Both drawings are based on images I found in Pinterest. In the first image I’m thinking now more about composition, instead of just drawing the face. (by the way the date is wrong. It’s not 1/21/16 but 2/21/16)
Older Woman with Clear Eyes, 5 x 8 inches, pencil
Young Woman, 5 x 8 inches, pencil
Below are the materials I normally used for the drawings, mainly mechanical pencils: Graphlet 0.9 mm HB & 2B by Pentel, Turquoise by Primascolor with a thicker lead (I had this over 30 years ago) and General’s Charcoal White. I also use a 6B pencil when I need very darks. Otherwise I build up values with crosshatching.
My influence is a video demo of Costa Vavagiakis at the Art Students League of New York. He worked with graphite (mechanical pencils and white charcoal on toned paper). He explains his process very well and relates how his technique of crosshatching relates to the Renaissance masters’ method of drawing.
I love working in this way, crosshatching. It invites more freedom of expression then smoothing out the graphite. It involves layering to build up values. I only use a 2B mechanical pencil with a point .9 mm and a white charcoal pencil. Since working on gray toned paper I used a 6B – 8B pencil to get darker tones. And of course the kneaded eraser!