7

My third grade art teacher gave to me my first set of soft pastels when I was 8 years old, and I ended up hanging onto that box until I was nearly 30. Over the years I’ve moved through phases of working with other media, but whenever I did it always felt like straying from the path I needed to follow. Of all the pigment vehicles I dabbled in, painting with watercolor fascinated me the most, primarily because I was horrible at it having already become completely acclimated to the use of pastels. Nonetheless, every couple of years I’d give it another go just to see if I could take it somewhere, and this time I am coming at it from a slightly different angle.

I finally had a chance to test out the set of Caran d’Ache water soluble pencils I picked up a few weeks ago, and halfway through the sketch, once I started to get the hang of working with them and relaxed a bit, I really liked what was happening on the paper. My love for graphite just stumbled into a new dimension that with a little luck will serve as a bridge.

Caran d'Ache Technalo water soluble graphite pencils, Pentel Aquash waterbrush, Staedtler Mars 780 clutch pencil, Canson XL Mix Media paper

Caran d’Ache Technalo water soluble graphite pencils, Pentel Aquash waterbrush, Staedtler Mars 780 clutch pencil, Canson XL Mix Media paper

6 thoughts on “7

  1. I think that technically you do have at least half :) The rest is practice! These pencils are making practice fun right right now.

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    • Thank you! I think that the writing is turning into a useful way to gain a wider perspective on some of the more challenging sketch/studies I’m taking on. Once I’ve completed something, it’s a nice way to take step back and say, “Ok, so what just happened?” :)

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