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on: June 29, 2013, 04:40:59 AM
Been working on a pencil drawing a lighthouse (my own reference photograph). I cross hatched the sky lightly with a HB going horizontally, then diagonals, then same with a Softer lead...this took a good hour. I then blended it with a soft cloth. Welllllllllllllllllllll....after fiddling, i gave up and erased most of all that work right down to the white paper. Luckily it came off mostly.
Then the past two days I have been filling in and lifting off graphite blemishes..probably 6 hours worth.
That's ME.
Everything I do it this way. I lightened the sky alot too. though the photograph had a much darker sky. I'm pretty sure that you should refrain from making things too dark like skies, even if the reference show it because it looks unatural in a pencil drawing. Will post soon.
P.S. I will see if i can get some graphite powder next time for skies.
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Reply #1 on: June 29, 2013, 05:01:53 AM
Pat. . .re: graphite powder. . . take an old pencil a general store pencil, nothing fancy. Get a piece of fine sand paper. Lay the sand paper on a larger piece of clean white  paper. Sand the lead (graphite) of the pencil down to the wood. Sharpen the pencil, repeat as many times and necessary to get the amount of graphite powder you need for your project. Store the graphite powder in a small container with a tight lid. Cheap!
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Reply #2 on: June 29, 2013, 05:13:54 AM
Looking forward to seeing it Pat, there's something about lighthouses done in graphite....they can be so dramatic. I'm trembling with anticipation!
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Reply #3 on: June 29, 2013, 06:01:06 AM
This is NOT A DRAWING

This is my reference photograph that i took. The drawing will look alot different and not as dramatic..already can see that.  The photos I take all did alot of doctoring up, so for that reason, anything i draw or paint is going to have problems. With this one, i had one...the sky. Way too dark for graphite. It looked too dirty looking. Like i said, i erased a couple hours of work.  I like to think of it this way: it's not a mistake, it's an adjustment.

Skies just don't look good if too dark (in drawings). So, even with hours on end of dabbling with blemishes, it's still a little splotchy, and also the value of sky against the lightside of the lighthouse are very close to each other...ouch!! So, i went along that demarkation line hundreds of times. I'm sick of this one! I better move on or I'll drive myself insane again. Just have to be aware of those things. I'll finish it up on Monday and post it. Thanks Val :smitten:
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Reply #4 on: June 29, 2013, 06:03:03 AM
Roxy, yes, i know. I just might need more of it for a sky, but now thinking of it, a sky might be spotty too even with the dust using a brush because the pressure of it will cause darker areas. Next time I need a much lighter touch and also just doing a much lighter sky will create a better blend without noticing inconsistancies as a dark one would.
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Reply #5 on: June 29, 2013, 06:17:03 AM
Beautiful picture. Is that Ponce Inlet?
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Reply #6 on: June 29, 2013, 06:17:48 AM
Yes, are you from around here too?

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Reply #7 on: June 29, 2013, 08:02:51 AM
Pat,

What a great photo of the lighthouse.  Incredible composition.  Very eye-catching.

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Reply #8 on: June 29, 2013, 09:09:24 AM
Yes, are you from around here too?


Yes.  Ocala.  I've been to Daytona many times.
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Reply #9 on: June 29, 2013, 09:21:28 AM
ok..nice to see you on here. Have you ever gone to the local art league here in town?
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Reply #10 on: June 29, 2013, 12:49:51 PM
Hi Roxy, Thanks for the tip about the graphite powder.  I should jot it down somewhere.  Patricia    :1hug:
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