This is the contour drawing transferred onto Strathmore 500 series 2 ply bristle velum surface.
The next step was to establish all the tonal values with a relatively medium-hard grade graphite, in this case a Staedtler Mars # H.
This is the finished drawing after the darkest tones were refined using a softer/darker grade graphite, a #HB and #2B blended and smoothed with the #H
I’ve been experimenting lately with Derwent Inktense pencils on Ampersand Claybord. This is a small illustration of a song sparrow on a 6″ x 9″ panel. (Image is 4.25″ x 6″). The Inktense are a water soluble ink pencil, and unlike watercolor pencils, once dried a washed layer does not lift when rewetted with subsequint layers of color.
This is a drawing of a Swainson’s Hawk in a cottonwood tree, graphite on bristol paper, 9″ x16″.
This portrait of a Great Horned Owl is done on scratch board (9″ x 7″) with colored ink added.
This is a page from my Strathmore Mixed Media, 300 series, 9″x12″ sketch book. I use this mixed media paper when sketching with Derwent Inktense water soluble pencils and a Yasutomo Niji water brush.