This is a new drawing I’ve started of my friend, Casey. She said she’d pose for me as long as she could smoke. Seemed like a fair trade, as long as I stood up wind.
On a sheet of paper, 18 x 24″, using a Uni-ball #207 pen.
I had entered one of my paintings, “After Dinner”, in a show down in Houston, and received word a few days ago that it was accepted. I decided to put it into a better frame, so I ordered some pre-cut molding online, going with a metallic look to fit with the kitchen theme. The pieces were delivered yesterday.
When I did a dry fit with the art, I thought it looked a little too dark for my liking. This morning I picked up some silver gilding paint at a hobby store, and gave it a try. I think this works better. I’ll wait for the glue to dry, and then give it another coat.
I decided to try and improve the look of this drawing. I wasn’t happy with the “fuzzy” quality the rough paper texture was giving me in some areas, such as the drawers in the corner. I took a paper blender, and rubbed the graphite into the paper more to get a smoother look. You can see the difference on the right in this cropped section above. It’s still a little spotty, but it’s an improvement. I’ll finish this section, and then decide if I want to continue it on the other darker areas of the drawing.
I’ll call this one mostly finished. I need to smooth it out a little more. The darker areas of graphite just get pushed around without building up properly, so I’m going to try a spray of fixative to hold it in place.
I wouldn’t call this Wallis paper a favorite, at least not for this pencil drawing. Its rough texture makes the shaded areas look like felt, but it was an interesting exercise.
Just a little further along on the drawing, touching up the figure some and working on the background. I was originally going to crop the page at the edge of the chair, but decided to extend the background some and add the drapes and cabinet.
Getting a light value on this textured paper is difficult. Just dragging the tip by its weight alone makes a darker mark than I’d like, so I have to go back over it with a kneaded eraser to lighten it. That makes it more tedious, but I’ll stick with it. Always like a challenge.
This started out to be just a sketch, but I decided to keep working on it. It has much further to go. It’s my new friend, Allan, posing for me as he reads a magazine and eats an apple.
I’m using a sheet of Wallis textured paper. The rough surface makes even a hard pencil lead as dark as a soft one, so I’m using mechanical pencils with a regular lead and a fine point, and a kneaded eraser to lighten some areas. This area in the picture above is about 12 inches square.