Work in Progress Wednesday | Drawing with Graphitint


Graphitint pencils are tinted drinking water-soluble graphite pencils created by Derwent. I’m making use of them this week to challenge my wondering about colour and method.

Experimenting with new supplies is a great way to expose unexplored opportunities in your operate. I have labored with Graphitint pencils just before, and uncover the complete principle of h2o-soluble drawing components fascinating. It is been a challenge for me to embrace them thoroughly, even so, mainly because I have designed a frame of mind and way of functioning with regular products that I can depend on and supply instead predictable final results. What you’ll see in this short article is the very first move to better knowledge these exceptional pencils and new options with colour.

Graphitint WIP
Reference Picture
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First line-get the job done and wash

Original Wash

What I did: I lightly built the outlines of the principal styles, and then utilised “Ocean Blue #07,” to evenly layer the sky, distant hills, trees, and shadow designs. With a #10 brush loaded with drinking water, I washed the spot and let it dry.

What I’d Do In different ways: Notice the uneven areas in the sky? This is because my brush was much too smaller and I was not in a position to provide an even wash to the overall sky space in one go. On the subsequent check out, I’d use a larger #14 watercolor brush, which would keep additional water and allow for me to perform the overall place in a person attempt.

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Mid-Tone wash


What I did: I applied “Green Grey #09” for the distant hills, “Ivy #11” to block the mid-tones for the trees, and “Chestnut #13” for the pink shadow areas. The #10 Sable Brush worked well to produce an initial clean and build light textural brushwork. Immediately after the first wash dried, I applied a layer of dried pencil to develop a dried textured impact on the tough tooth of the paper.

What I’d Do In a different way: The colour in the distant hills is not generating the impact I would have liked. Offered a second consider, I would create a more robust initial layer of “Sky Blue #07.” This would create additional atmospheric distance. In the shadow parts of the building, I would use “Cool Brown #13.”

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Last study layered with dry Graphitint

Closing Study

What I did: I applied a clean of “Sage #12” on the floor and chapel to advert warmth. Detail, texture, and shadow was additional working with hatching with a dry “Shadow #05” pencil.

What I’d Do Otherwise: The reddish shadow places are much too powerful, so I would get started with a much better layer of “Sage #12” and a lighter layer of “Chestnut #13” to point out the shadows.

What Was Acquired

Graphitint on watercolor paper is a compelling pairing. The resulting impression has a compelling light high-quality and texture, but I need to greater realize the colors and how to layer them properly. I delight in developing layers of hatch marks and specifics on prime of the coloured washes and search ahead to performing further more with these products!


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