Monday, February 6, 2012
The Pencil Moves Oh So Slooooooooooowly
Over the last three years, I've been running away from the pencil medium. Now here I am with one in my hand and it’s moving oh so slowly. Taking the values down to the darkest the 6B pencil can give is tedious work. Lots of breaks are needed by this impatient soul who draws with her nose at the expense of her neck and shoulders. Pummeling the shadows to get the right blend, my knead eraser is invaluable—as is the stub. This is how I was taught.
In life drawing classes, which lasted three hours, the students would knock off several charcoal renderings while Russell Keeter, their instructor, worked on one square inch of his drawing with an HB pencil. He said you can’t rush it. I believed him. I’d seen his work. And you did too in my last post. Break's over. Back to work!