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    Confused about advanced graphite drawings

    Advanced graphite drawings. What technique does it really boil down to, is it essentially all about hatching/crosshatching? And are smooth transitions like these possible with just pencil? No brushes/stomps needed?

    Oh how I wish there could be some serious workshops on my location..

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    No particular technique...but defintiely not hatching/cross-hatching in those examples. It simply comes down to developing the values you want. If you want really smooth gradations then stomps are great tools...as is your finger. Kneaded or fine stick ersaers are important tools as well. Drawing is not one kind of thing, technique or application.

    Paper or board surface play a huge role in mark making as well, as does the softness of the graphite, the grip, point length, angle of application and pressure of the tool.
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    My particular pet peeve is stomps when used with graphite. Schmearing graphite is a crime.

    I think patience, touch, and skill are much better tools in getting smooth transitions. Surface, like Jeff said, is a consistent knowledge of your tool. Most people just don't have the patience to make really smooth happen.

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    +1 on stomps and kneaded eraser. I couldn`t live without it, I tell you...

    @Jeff - fingers? I was told several times that this method might not be the best, due to chemical structure of sebum (skin fat)...humm...:/

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    Sure...skin oils are going to get in there to some extent...but you know, 500 years from now when your drawings are on display behind glass in an inert gas atmosphere they will have figured out how to stabilize your drawing...if necessary. :p

    Graphite is made for schmearing Bill! But yeah...stomps are like anything else...poorly handled is poorly handled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    Sure...skin oils are going to get in there to some extent...but you know, 500 years from now when your drawings are on display behind glass in an inert gas atmosphere they will have figured out how to stabilize your drawing...if necessary. :p
    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight...............

    Graphite is made for schmearing Bill! But yeah...stomps are like anything else...poorly handled is poorly handled.
    YUp. Learned that the hard way. :/ But I still prefer the "poor mans" solution - ear swabs.
    Whaaaat? Oh come on, like you didn`t think about it?

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    Found a process photo. No hatching, only neat lines and knowledge of form, muscles and so on then?

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    Yep...just careful, deliberate handling of the media...after years of effort to do so.
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    Charcoals is made for schmearing. Graphite is too pure.

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    Too pure? I have a tube of graphite powder (chainsaw lube) that I like to use when I'm lazy. It smears up nice!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorinji_Knight View Post
    Too pure? I have a tube of graphite powder (chainsaw lube) that I like to use when I'm lazy. It smears up nice!
    Graphite is better than oil in a lot of places. Also may be the next generation of chips. /derail

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcarman View Post
    Charcoals is made for schmearing. Graphite is too pure.
    That's Idaho talking, right there!

    (no idea what that means...but I like it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    That's Idaho talking, right there!

    (no idea what that means...but I like it)
    You are correct sir. Center of the art universe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Spot View Post
    Graphite is better than oil in a lot of places. Also may be the next generation of chips. /derail
    Potato chips are sooooo 20th century...

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    Time is the technique.

    Drawings like these are full of patients.

    Check out David Kassan:
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