All That Glitters - SOLD
11.5 x 14 graphite on paper
Its been awhile since I did a "real" drawing. I do lots of sketching and always forget how much I enjoy really getting into a solid drawing until I do one again. Classical drawing was my background and, as with every artist, we move laterally over time into other areas. Painting and printmaking sidelined me from drawing as much as once did, so its a pleasure to complete this piece.
I did a study a few weeks ago for this piece in a Moleskine sketchbook, then decided to proceed with the drawing. Yes, all that water was a little tedious at times, but its part and parcel of making the whole piece work. Abandonment is the trademark for those who choose it when the going gets tough. Or boring.
I used Strathmore Windpower paper for this. The jury is still out on whether or not I really like this paper. It has a medium grade which was perhaps a little grainy for this drawing, but seems fairly resilient and receptive to pulling out highlights with a kneaded eraser without causing damage. I used Blackwing 602 and Staedtler 2B and 4B pencils to complete the piece with many, many, many light layers to build values. Pressure is key to building layers of graphite before you reach saturation point. The lighter the pressure, the more layers you can achieve and the further back you hold the pencil, the less chance you have of pressing hard and destroying the surface.