September 29, 2023


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Work in Progress Wednesday | Drawing with Graphitint

Work in Progress Wednesday | Drawing with Graphitint


Graphitint pencils are tinted h2o-soluble graphite pencils created by Derwent. I’m working with them this 7 days to obstacle my imagining about colour and procedure.

Experimenting with new materials is a fantastic way to expose unexplored opportunities in your do the job. I have labored with Graphitint pencils prior to, and discover the full strategy of water-soluble drawing supplies enjoyable. It’s been a challenge for me to embrace them fully, however, mainly because I’ve created a state of mind and way of functioning with standard materials that I can count on and supply relatively predictable outcomes. What you’ll see in this write-up is the first move to superior understanding these unique pencils and new prospects with colour.

Graphitint WIP
Reference Image
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Preliminary line-work and clean

Original Clean

What I did: I frivolously created the outlines of the principal styles, and then made use of “Ocean Blue #07,” to frivolously layer the sky, distant hills, trees, and shadow styles. With a #10 brush loaded with water, I washed the spot and enable it dry.

What I’d Do Otherwise: Observe the uneven regions in the sky? This is mainly because my brush was way too modest and I was not equipped to produce an even wash to the whole sky region in a single pass. On the following try out, I’d use a much larger #14 watercolor brush, which would hold far more drinking water and make it possible for me to do the job the whole space in one particular endeavor.

Graphitint WIP_2
Mid-Tone clean


What I did: I made use of “Green Gray #09” for the distant hills, “Ivy #11” to block the mid-tones for the trees, and “Chestnut #13” for the red shadow areas. The #10 Sable Brush worked well to build an initial clean and develop light textural brushwork. After the original clean dried, I used a layer of dried pencil to generate a dried textured result on the tough tooth of the paper.

What I’d Do Otherwise: The color in the distant hills is not developing the result I would have favored. Specified a second try, I would create a more powerful first layer of “Sky Blue #07.” This would develop a lot more atmospheric distance. In the shadow regions of the setting up, I would use “Cool Brown #13.”

Graphitint WIP _3
Final study layered with dry Graphitint

Ultimate Research

What I did: I utilised a wash of “Sage #12” on the ground and chapel to advert heat. Detail, texture, and shadow was additional utilizing hatching with a dry “Shadow #05” pencil.

What I’d Do In different ways: The reddish shadow regions are much too powerful, so I would start with a stronger layer of “Sage #12” and a lighter layer of “Chestnut #13” to suggest the shadows.

What Was Figured out

Graphitint on watercolor paper is a persuasive pairing. The ensuing graphic has a compelling gentle top quality and texture, but I need to better have an understanding of the hues and how to layer them successfully. I appreciate setting up layers of hatch marks and information on top rated of the coloured washes and glance forward to doing work additional with these components!