Today I’d like to share a sketch with you. Sorry the picture is a little dark, its the weather, Photoshop would wreck the shading if I ‘helped it’. So this is the view of the sketch that I have on my board.
Poinsettia leaf in Derwent Studio pencils. Colours used 15, 19, 20, 43, 45, 53
I drew this using my new LIght weight drawing board and found the flex that the board had both stopped me pressing as unnecessarily hard and also evened out my marks. Very pleased with how this turned out. It’s intentional that only half the sketch is more layered. I wanted to look back to see the coloured I had used underneath and how I’d layered them.
I’ve had Artists pencils by Derwent for years and really struggle with them. Mainly because for too long I’ve been saving them and didn’t want to ‘spoil’ the set by using them (anyone else do that). Now I’ve started using them properly I still struggle blending and find them a bit smudgie.
These Studio pencils have the hexagonal barrel to the pencil rather than the round one of the artists ones. I’m still confused as to whether the ‘lead’ is said to be the same or different. At the time I purchased the Studio one’s I thought they were said to be harder leads but what ever it is, I find them much easier to blend with.
My favourites have to be my new(ish) Inktense pencils, which I’m still very much in love with.
How about you, what are your favorite materials to use and why do you love those in particular?
Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon
If you would like to check out the pencils, head up to the Art tab at the top of the blog and go to the Art: Suppliers section. I’ve linked to Derwent from there.