Thursday, September 9, 2010


Enbrethiliel said...


Now this is the sort of pretty that comes from the heart! =P

I like the bivalve the best because it's so there.

And is that a sand dollar?

christopher said...

Paul, can you tell me the mediums you use in your daily sketches? An F and an HB? On what kind of paper? As a matter of fact, if it doesn't inconvenience you, I'm making a request that you list the mediums with each image, I'll owe you one :)

Paul Stilwell said...

Enbrethiliel, Thanks! Much happier drawing these! Yes, it's a sand dollar. I have a bigger one than that, but didn't think about it for this. Believe it or not, I also have sea horses. I'm sure they'll make it into a drawing at some point.

Christopher, the ones I use most are 2B, 2H, HB, B, F, H, though not in that particular order. Definitely the ones out of those I use most - at least lately - are 2B and 2H. But I'm always using the others just as often I think. For this drawing I believe I used a 2B and an H. I used the H first for laying in the shapes and forms.

I find HB and 2B fairly similar. I'm amazed at what the harder pencils - 2H, 3H, 4H etc. - can do for a drawing. I like using them either at the very beginning of the drawing, or at the very end. When used at the end I find they anchor a drawing without being apparent - submerge the objects into a depth. Used at the beginning, I think they make the objects bounce out (like in this drawing), granted that one uses a heavier pencil after the lighter.

Not a problem about listing the mediums used with each drawing! Henceforward I'll do so.

Oh, and the paper I mostly use is Canson 65 LB. It's a universal type for pencil, pen, charcoal and pastel. It's not my "preferred" choice, as I don't really have one, not now. I've also been getting more into the bristol board.

christopher said...

Thanks Paul, I'll be looking forward to more posts. I tend to use just F or HB when not simply using a lead crayon for gesture. I've always cheated by using conti crayons too when I've gotten too heavy and can't put the light back in from where I took it out. I can get a little heavy and my drawings and paintings often get very "thick." Sometimes it works to my advantage, others not.

I actually did some sketching this week, dog bowls and flower pots, etc. After watching your constant output, a few weeks ago I started giving Cezanne drawing lessons one night a week using the "drawing on the right side of the brain" method. She's doing pretty well but me sketching regularly again will help her even more I think. Thanks.

Paul Stilwell said...

That's great to hear about the drawing lessons. Two drawing together I find is priceless in the way of inspiration; and I definitely think the inspiration works both ways for learner and teacher.

Using a conti to bring back in light I would call going into a completely different level rather than cheating. Really, it's like taking drawing into painting.