115 Water Soluble Graphite

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: July 31, 2017

 

Topic: Water-Soluble Graphite

 

Points of Interest:
In this episode, John and Lisa discuss their experiences using Water-Soluable Graphite in colored pencil projects: techniques, supplies, and more! Be sure to check out the links section for many of the specific products mentioned. If you try water-soluble graphite, be sure to show us your work!

 

Links Referenced:

Water-Soluble Pencil: Graphite Aquarelle

Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper

ArtGraf Water-Soluble graphite

 

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Store-Colored_Pencil_Painting_Portraits.html

Creative Colored Pencil Workshop book

 

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As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

Here's some of John's quick attempts with the medium:

 

 

 

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042 Colored Pencil Question and Answer Show

Topic:  Question and Answer Show

 

 

This week John and Lisa answer some of the questions you submitted to us!  If you’d like to submit a question that may be potentially featured here on the show, just write to us at podcast@sharpenedartist.com  or complete the online form at http://sharpenedartist.com/qanda

 

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Some of the questions this week are:

 

  • What kinds of things do you see newer artists struggle with at the beginning?

  • How do I know when to Burnish?  It seems like I’m burnishing too early and when I’m done, I still see the paper showing through.

  • How much color theory do I need to understand to start in colored pencil?

 

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013 Differences in CP, Graphite and Charcoal

Differences in Colored Pencil, Graphite, and Charcoal

John and Lisa discuss what drawing medium they had used most often in the past.

Intro - Out of these 3 mediums it seems to me that colored pencils are the most versatile and yet probably the most challenging.  

  • Differences in graphite consistency and colored pencils (exception might be col-erase)

    With graphite, I tend to use just the pencils to do the work and I don’t use tortillons and paper stumps much. I build up my values up gradually and deliberately, remaining aware of the overall balance in the piece.  But with colored pencils, I do layer a lot, but I tend to go to very dark values at the beginning of the drawing.

  • Charcoal differences (powdery, fluid nature, quick)

    With Charcoal - There seems to be a temporary nature to the medium.  In some ways an artist may have less control over this medium than the other two.  Personally, I don’t enjoy it as much only because of the lack of control and I don’t enjoy the tactile experience with using it like I do with graphite and colored pencil.

 For example, even with graphite, If I’m using a very hard lead like a 2H or a 4H and I start to feel some of that grit, where the paper is getting scratched, I cringe.  It reminds me of someone scraping their fingernails across a chalkboard.

  • Tools, erasing, solvents

Adding water to a water-soluble medium (or other solvents) will make it to where you cannot erase it.  At least it becomes very difficult to erase.  Charcoal is water soluble and you can sometime get some interesting results when you use water with graphite.

In colored pencil, the more you use solvents and other tools, you can mimic the look of so many other art mediums and still have that control of a pencil.