Imagination At Work: Graphitint

Derwent Graphitint pencils were the first pencils that I used that had actual color.  That was almost a year ago.  Even though I’ve purchased and used different kinds and brands of graphite pencils since then, I’m glad I’ve come back to tinted graphite pencils because they are versatile!  You don’t get the kind of precision…

Precision: Derwent Graphic

As much as I like experimenting with different kinds of graphite pencils, I didn’t want to buy more pencils for the sake of having more pencils.  When I decided to buy this set, I visited Derwent’s website first, to learn more about what these pencils are supposed to do.  After I did the research, I…

Shadows: Woodless Graphite

Watercolor paper and woodless graphite pencils – that was all I had with me when I decided to draw this rose.  I didn’t have the right kind of pencils to finish the drawing that I had already started.  I usually use the grid method to draw the outline, just to save time, but I didn’t…

Up Close and Personal: Faber-Castell

“I’m ready for my closeup.”  When I look at this rose, I think about this line from an old movie called Sunset Boulevard. This was my second time using Faber-Castell’s Graphite Aquarelle pencils.  I applied the water using Derwent waterbrushes.  They make a great team.  What I’ve been doing recently is buying roses (and other…

The Art of Convalescence: Derwent Onyx 

January is coming to an end.  Truthfully, I’m glad.  I’ve spent most of this month sick and injured, respectively.  The first half of this month I had the flu.  Just a few days after having completely recovered from the flu, I somehow managed to injure my back.  Though not a serious injury it has left…

Colorful Intent: using color schemes

When drawing a rose that’s already red, you don’t have to think too much about how to employ complementary colors.  When I looked at a picture of a white rose that I took, I thought that it might be a boring choice for a drawing project.  I continued to feel that way, even as I…

Not So Minor Details: the Prismacolor experience

I wanted to quit this so many times!  This was meant to be a brief hiatus from colored graphite!  I should have known that trying to recreate all of the details from these two roses would be anything but brief!  I’m very glad that I’ve finished them, though.  I used Prismacolor’s Water Soluble Graphite pencils…

Creating Contrast

This month, I’ve enjoyed drawing some of the roses that I photographed at the rose festival in Gifu Prefecture.  By drawing this rose, I learned that you can make white or light-colored flowers appear really vibrant when you have the right background and use heavy application with Inktense pencils.  Fantastic pencils!  

Metallic Beauty

Roses are so much fun to draw, regardless of what pencils I use, but metallic pencils are truly extraordinary!  I have had Derwent’s metallic pencils for a while and I’ve used them before, but not like this!  The colors are really vibrant on black paper!  They’re water soluble, too!  I’m looking forward to further exploration…