Thursday, April 7, 2011

Trying Out the Carbon Pencils

This is look I was after--a nice dark background and lost edges. The carbon pencils are considerably darker and lend themselves well to smoothing. These must be close to what charcoal feels like.


  1. WOW! What a difference! This has photographic qualities yet retains such a soft dreamy look- well done yet again!
    If you ever see an old "Blackwing"pencil kicking around, grab it and/or all you can; they have been discontinued for a number of years now but are my favorite drawing pencil of all time; a quick google search has shown that there are many out there who feel the same. My very last one is a measely 2'' stub now and I can't bring myself to sharpen it one more time. I will keep it for old time's sake.

  2. I enjoyed the carbons and found that they perform best on clear paper rather that on top of graphite but I still managed to pull some good dark tones. They smear wonderfully.

    Blackwings. Wow, such a following! And they are still kicking around but very expensive. Surprising as they haven't been made in years.

  3. I was about to say Wow, what a difference and realised Gretchen beat me to it by 24 hours.The tonal range is wonderful in this John-you really captured the light.

  4. Hey thanks, Judith! I've been reading that artists can even make up the light in their minds. Of course, one must have so much experience seeing that light first.