Saturday, February 26, 2011

Aloe Silverpoint 2

I'm now doing most of the work with a 2mm rod of sterling silver. This much larger wire than my 0.3mm in Pentel lends a smoother gradation.

Easy does it with silverpoint. That is, apply layers lightly with the confidence that darker values are achievable. Heavy handedness leads to dark spots that then need smoothing. Also, it's most important to leave the highlights open as there is no eraser with metalpoint, short of sanding it out.


  1. It looks great John-real sense of those spines and the light in the centre.

  2. Thanks, Judith. I'm having a good time with this. Hoping to get in more work today but first I must shovel snow again! A few inches this morning. An inch or so yesterday. Not even a teasing of Spring to be had around here!

  3. The aloe is already glowing!
    (we got 14'' of snow on Friday and another 6'' over night... and it's still snowing!)

  4. Thanks, Gretchen. I must restrain myself and keep a light hand!

    Oh my! I have no right to whimper after hearing this! This will be the winter to remember...or try to forget.