Continuing to work in graphite, but I’m starting to miss both charcoal and color. This may be the last drawing with graphite for a while as I turn my attention to another medium ~
Sunlight in a Bottle, a graphite drawing (12×9) was done on Stonehedge watercolor paper w/a slight texture. This exercise was great practice for managing values and contrasts in a still life that is about reflections. Pencils used ranged from 4H straight through 8B, including a tortilum, kneaded eraser and a Staedtler Mars plastic eraser.
Some of what I learned during this drawing, for bottle-smooth reflections and contrasting lines it is best to use smooth paper (what I had was slightly textured that gave a sort of grainy look) and very sharp pencils. And oh wouldn’t you know it, I’m usually very careful about having a piece of paper under my hands to protect from any finger prints. Well look at the top of the image, a set of real nice fingerprints have shown up – the oil in my fingers have permanently stained the drawing! That’s a lesson learned.
Thanks for checking in. Hope you are having a great weekend ~ click onto the image for a larger view.