|Practice Study - Carbon Pencil|
I'm writing this post from a hotel room in Boulder, Colorado, as I wait for the third day of the JD Hilberry workshop to begin.
I don't take many workshops anymore, unless there is something that I really want to learn more about, and this is the place to come when you want to learn about effective graphite techniques!
We've been working with charcoal, carbon and graphite pencils, and learning how they interact with each other. I've picked up so many good strategies for layering and blending that produce incredible effects.
I'm not going to try to summarize everything that was discussed, because I wouldn't do it justice... but the overall impact is that I've developed a much greater awareness of how the pigment and tools interact with the tooth of the paper, and how the different components in the charcoal, carbon, and graphite pencils will respond to each other. There is a best time and place for each pencil to be used most effectively.
|Practice Study - Graphite with a touch of Charcoal|
Today will be the last day, and we will start on a full portrait together, which probably won't get finished in class time. But working on it back home will be a good way to bring those workshop techniques into my own studio and make them part of my repertoire. I'll fly back home tonight, with all my new tools and a signed print by JD Hilberry for inspiration!