|JD, Lake Swimmer, Graphite, 6" x 8", TMDD|
While we sprang forward an hour this morning, I used my Sun Torch anyway. It looked as dark outside at seven thirty today as it did at six thirty yesterday. I have eight more sheets in my drawing pad. I think I will continue the drawing series with the extraordinary light that is excellent for seeing exactly what I'm doing. In front of the light with my pencil, I've picked up a few insights:
AS IN PAINTING, DRAWING TOOLS REQUIRE CONSTANT CLEANING.
I walk around the house with my knead eraser in my jean pocket so it's warmed by my body heat, easier to knead clean and handy to knead clean when watching TV, talking on the phone, reading a book.
Stubs get dirty fast and when very dirty can be used as a pencil. that could be a good thing? But dirty stubs used to blend will darken the value you so carefully laid down. To avoid that, either don't go as dark as you would and let the stub do the rest or use a clean stub. I'm thinking I have to buy them by the gross and think of them as being disposable. I would have used a stub on JD, but I didn't have a clean one, so this drawing is a bit "grainy."
A drawing bridge sized to your format is better than a piece of vellum under your palm. Should you get so absorbed in the drawing and forget to actually pick up the vellum and move it to the next spot, the paper will drag the graphite. But keep cleaning the feet of the bridge too, for those will drag graphite and possibly even mar the surface of the paper.
After sharpening or shaping leads on a sandpaper block, wipe them with a shammy. Graphite particles cling to the shaft.
A piece of vellum over the drawing will cut the drag of graphite by the cover of the drawing pad or the back of the last drawing. Just closing the drawing pad without the drawing protected this way invites graphite transfer to the back of the previous sheet as you handle the pad.