Back to Pencil

It’s been a while since I’ve sketched with a pencil, I did some very early in my daily art project but then started inking over my drawings with pen and then progressed straight to pen drawings.  I love the boldness of pen but decided to do some more pencil drawings to see how I felt about it.

tulips

A few tulips in my garden have just started to open and it was fun sketching them in pencil.  I started out with very light lines making the basic shapes and then went progressively darker.  I forgot how nice it is to have softer shadows.

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In the evening I did this one of some spoons my husband carved a few years ago.  The pencil works better for the texture of the wood than pen.  The only things I didn’t enjoy was smudging the graphite with my hand.  I worry that these probably won’t last long-term in the sketchbook.

Do you use pencils for sketching?  Or are you devoted to ink?

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11 thoughts on “Back to Pencil

  1. Just love your spoons, both the drawing and the actual spoon. How wonderful that they are hand made, they look great. I also haven’t drawn with pencil alone for ages. Yours drawings worked well and I like the way you got the really dark values in there, not often easy with pencils and those dark tones really lift the work. Karen

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  2. I get so annoyed with the smudging too but i generally always start with a pencil, then ink then watercolor…..maybe someday I will be confident enough to dive in with ink. The spoons look great, captured the wood grain!

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  3. Jen Grove says:

    I’m like you, tend to do most of my drawing in pen. I think this is a good idea to return to pencil for a change. Love the tulips and spoons!

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  4. I think I’ll try pencil again, too. I’ve been rushing to ink for a while because of the deep black. I really like how much you have captured with these drawings.

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  5. Excellent shading on the spoons. I’m generally devoted to ink, the commitment to the un-erasable line, and I love it dilute in water-brushes for building up stable layers of shade. But I find pencil’s best for faces, trees etc. A poorly placed ink line on a face is hard to repair! Ed

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