This illustration was done with carbon dust and some graphite on Canson XL bristol smooth surface.
In August of this year the Corpse flower, Amorphophallus titanum, bloomed at the Denver Botanic Gardens. This is a sequence of photos of the process I used in creating this drawing using graphite and carbon dust.
The initial contour drawing on Strathmore 500 series semi-smooth bristle
I began by brushing on carbon dust to establish some soft light to middle values. Then I started to draw in the details of the folds of the blossom with an F graphite pencil.
I continued adding carbon dust for the soft shading followed by graphite for the details of the folds.
The upper-most part of the blossom is mostly carbon dust.
The finished piece with labeling,
This is a portrait of my grand daughter Maggie done in carbon dust on paper, 6″ x 10″. The technique is used extensively in scientific illustration but I find it works equally well for rendering the subtle value changes in portraiture. Wolff’s carbon pencils were used to make a fine powder of carbon that was applied by brush to Strathmore 500 series velum surface bristol.