For many years I have almost exclusively drawn in ink. Although I’ve been very much aware of what a great sketching tool a simple graphite pencil is, I’ve never really used it. The main reason is that I don’t like smudges on my page.
However in the last month or so, thanks to the inclusion of a set of graphite pencils ( both Castell 9000 and the Pitt Matt Graphite) in the #Colour4Life box sent to me by Faber Castell Australia… I’ve fallen in love with using graphite.
I have tried a number of different brands of graphite (including the Blackwing pencils that many urban sketchers use) and my favourite is the classic Castell 9000 pencil. I’m mainly using 2B but also have a few softer ones in my bag in case I want a dark area.
I’m still very much in the experimentation mode and I haven’t worked out exactly how I want to use them but I just adore the feeling of graphite on paper. I’m finding it very freeing to use and perfect to use when I want to record a scene but don’t feel like doing a serious sketch.
So here are two sketches of SOH (Sydney Opera House) both done in about 5 minutes.
I had so much fun doing these!