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In September 2005 I did a demonstration at Wet Paint using Derwent Graphitint Watersoluble Pencils. This section is a collection of various sketches done with these pencils. I've gathered them here so that people wishing to see what I like about the pencils can find my comments all in one place.

For me, one of the interesting things about Derwent Graphitints is that they are color which also carries graphite, so the effect is one of neutralized color. It doesn't mean you can't get some brilliantly rich color work with these pencils. It means you have to be aware of the blend and work with it. Also, what you see when the pencil is dry varies a great deal from what you get when you apply water. Because of that I began my demo by showing blending charts (dry and wet) and recommending to everyone in attendance that they make such charts to get a feel for the pencils.

One of the first things I did with the Graphitints when I got them was to take them along to life drawing and sketch. The journal I typically work in for life drawing is 14 x 11 inches. This sketch does run off the page just as the cropping here indicates. By the time I got back to the model's head she had moved slightly and I decided to stop at 15 minutes and call it a day. I also decided not to wet the pencil lines. I used turquoise and wine colored pencils.

I find these pencils create a smooth, rich line, but don't smudge much (I don't like smudging). If I create a line I don't like I can go in with a Niji waterbrush and blend it out.


Illustration © 2005 Roz Stendahl; All Rights Reserved