Thursday, June 13, 2013

Shades of Gray in Pencil

Carbon Pencil on Canson Bristol Smooth
I love drawing in pencil but I hate the sheen of graphite .This artwork was an experiment, as I tried carbon pencil instead to bring out more contrast and more life.I think carbon worked better than graphite (though less easy to control- they are not as smooth)It would be difficult to do a child's face, for instance; using carbon pencils!Thus,I chose this elephant .The texture of his skin gave me a lot to try different techniques.Another reason was to get a better understanding of its anatomy.Now I know each and every line on this gentle giant's head ....:) It would be a lot easier to paint it in watercolor now.
Took me about 25 hours or so, but in the end I am happy with the results.
As for my smooth skinned subjects, I might have to experiment some more- may be find a new paper!


  1. I have always wanted to pet an elephant...He is beautiful, Arti.

  2. Yes he is, thanks for the comment,Sherry.

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    1. Hi Suzanne
      Thank you very much.I know its not a subject that catches everyone's fancy but still I loved spending time on this- I guess I am a big fan of texture!Hope you are doing well.