Category Archives: Graphite Pencils

A Shady Character

As I work to improve my drawing skills, I’m learning more about shading techniques. But techniques are meaningless unless we know when — and where — to apply them. It probably sounds very foolish to ask, “Where do the shadows

A Shady Character

As I work to improve my drawing skills, I’m learning more about shading techniques. But techniques are meaningless unless we know when — and where — to apply them. It probably sounds very foolish to ask, “Where do the shadows

Five Tone Shading

My morning drawing practice was interesting. Not too hard, but not too easy. It was centered around values — using five tones for shading. The exercise came directly from Drawing Dimension: Shading Techniques by Catherine Holmes. The book is free

Five Tone Shading

My morning drawing practice was interesting. Not too hard, but not too easy. It was centered around values — using five tones for shading. The exercise came directly from Drawing Dimension: Shading Techniques by Catherine Holmes. The book is free

What’s Wrong with My Drawing?

That question is purely rhetorical. I’m not asking you to point out all the flaws and weaknesses in my drawing and sketching. Goodness knows, I do enough of that on my own. What’s wrong with my drawing? I know the

What’s Wrong with My Drawing?

That question is purely rhetorical. I’m not asking you to point out all the flaws and weaknesses in my drawing and sketching. Goodness knows, I do enough of that on my own. What’s wrong with my drawing? I know the

Peace of Mind

Despite how much I’ve come to love oil painting, I will probably be doing more drawing and less painting in the coming weeks. Drawing is a learned skill for me, not something that comes naturally, and if I am away

Peace of Mind

Despite how much I’ve come to love oil painting, I will probably be doing more drawing and less painting in the coming weeks. Drawing is a learned skill for me, not something that comes naturally, and if I am away

Basics Redux

Redux is not a word we hear often. To me, it’s an awkward word. It sounds funny, and exactly what does it mean anyway? Well, it means to bring something back, to re-hash something that’s already been hashed to death. OK,

Basics Redux

Redux is not a word we hear often. To me, it’s an awkward word. It sounds funny, and exactly what does it mean anyway? Well, it means to bring something back, to re-hash something that’s already been hashed to death. OK,

In Praise of the Lowly Pencil

My foray into the art world began with a pencil. I think that’s how most of us begin, isn’t it? Pencils are ubiquitous things. No matter who you are and where you are right now, there’s probably a pencil or

In Praise of the Lowly Pencil

My foray into the art world began with a pencil. I think that’s how most of us begin, isn’t it? Pencils are ubiquitous things. No matter who you are and where you are right now, there’s probably a pencil or

Art with Attitude

So much of art is attitude, I’ve learned, and unfortunately at times my attitude isn’t the best. That was how I felt on Wednesday morning as I sat down with my drawing pad and my art books. It was time

Art with Attitude

So much of art is attitude, I’ve learned, and unfortunately at times my attitude isn’t the best. That was how I felt on Wednesday morning as I sat down with my drawing pad and my art books. It was time