Another rabbit hole

This weekend I suddenly got interested in water soluble graphite. It comes in the form of pencils (aquarell graphite), sticks, or blocks.

First it was a demo on Etchr Labs’ YouTube channel by Marek Badzynski. Here. Then Sunday’s edition of USk Talks was “Passion for Pencils“.

I happen to have one Cretacolor 4b aquarell graphite pencil. I played around with it just a little today. I tested some watercolor over it after the graphite wash had dried.

I sketched this bunny before I realized I would call this post “down the rabbit hole”! It was just an image I had to hand. Marek said in the video that aquarell graphite pencils still leave a pencil line even after water is applied. That was not my experience with this bunny drawing. I also think it looks similar to ink wash, without the mess and opportunity to spill ink.

I see some advantages:
– it makes for a very minimal sketch kit with just a book, a pencil, and a water brush.
– useful for museum sketching, with the water applied later for shading.

I’m not sure I’ll give up my preferred ink and watercolor wash but it’s fun to explore. I don’t usually play around with other media much as I like what I like and am not adventurous in that way. But I intend to continue to use it and take it out sketching in the field.

Thanks to my friend Tina for sharing her reviews:
Here and here I benefit from her experimentation and adventurousness.

About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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1 Response to Another rabbit hole

  1. Carol says:

    I LOVE THAT BUNNY. The soul in the eyes! The softness. This is a dream bunn!

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