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Title: Graphite powder?
Post by: Sketchabit on August 16, 2017, 10:08:57 AM
Has anybody used this ? I have a drawing that needs to be very dark in the background n the subject is a silhouette. My pencils don't seem to be giving me the right effect - they either are not dark enough or smooth enough. Anybody run into this issue ?  :)
Title: Re: Graphite powder?
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 16, 2017, 11:00:45 AM
Diane,

I have not tried that but just got some Staedler Mars Lumagraph BLACK pencils that are supposed to be non-glossy.  That might work.   Here's my test swatch.


aloha
mea
Title: Re: Graphite powder?
Post by: Sketchabit on August 16, 2017, 11:05:52 AM
 :thankyou: mea , i have been looking at these same ones at my art store for a while now, wanting to try this brand, wanted to use up what I have but it isn't cutting it anymore  :) I will purchase them and give them a go.
Title: Re: Graphite powder?
Post by: Mysti Vale on August 16, 2017, 03:05:28 PM
Diane, I recently saw one of Nolan's videos on YouTube where he uses graphite powder.  He is drawing a lion.  https://youtu.be/AnMZfmfalzI
Title: Re: Graphite powder?
Post by: nolan on August 16, 2017, 04:10:09 PM
I use a 6B graphite stick, rub it over a sheet of paper to fill up the sheet. I then rub over it with a soft cloth so the cloth is dirty with the graphite. I then draw using the cloth.

This works great for quickly establishing large areas of tonal value, but will not give you very dark values. These you still need to complete with the pencil
Title: Re: Graphite powder?
Post by: Sketchabit on August 16, 2017, 05:40:52 PM
 Thank you Nolan I will purchase some and give it a go  :)
Title: Re: Graphite powder?
Post by: Sketchabit on August 16, 2017, 05:42:10 PM
 :thankyou: mysti vale for the info  O0
Title: Re: Graphite powder?
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 16, 2017, 06:46:53 PM
That cloth rubbing technique is one of the most valuable tips I have ever gotten from Nolan.  Use it quite often.

It works great for a sky.  Then you can just erase out the clouds and pencil on a few shadows under them. This is the lesson where I learned it. 
http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php?topic=6686.0 (http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php?topic=6686.0)

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Graphite powder?
Post by: Sketchabit on August 17, 2017, 03:33:40 AM
I am looking forward to seeing results with a graphite stick as apposed  to a pencil  :clap: might be the cloth material I am using also ,  :thankyou: mea for your support
Title: Re: Graphite powder?
Post by: nolan on August 17, 2017, 08:35:47 PM
the cloth I use is a piece of old t-shirt
Title: Re: Graphite powder?
Post by: Win on August 18, 2017, 06:19:39 AM
I have used various pencils and I find the Staedler Mars Lumagraph BLACK pencils one of the better brands to work with, they are softer darker and give an even smooth finish. could you not use charcoal for the background? 
Title: Re: Graphite powder?
Post by: Sketchabit on August 19, 2017, 07:48:30 AM
Hi win , I have used charcoal in the past but it's just not giving me what I'm looking for , I did purchase a graphite stick as Nolan suggested n used a soft small brush n it worked great but very messy. Those pencils are on my shopping list for sure ! Have heard great things about the brand :clap:
Title: Re: Graphite powder?
Post by: Val on August 19, 2017, 08:09:29 AM
I think you have great info here so I shall just have to tighten my suspenders and wait to see what you produce. Can't wait to see this, it sounds very exciting!  :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:
Title: Re: Graphite powder?
Post by: Sketchabit on August 19, 2017, 08:19:57 AM
 ;D thanks hope it works ,