25 Days to Better Drawings: Texture Study #3

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Lesson Description

Learn how to create the illusion of texture found on highly reflective surfaces. Practice concepts learned with a drawing exercise.

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Graphite drawing pencils: H and 2B, gray drawing paper, blending stump, and a white charcoal pencil. In this drawing exercise, we create a drawing of a bolt with graphite and white charcoal.

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  1. I’m curious… is it possible to capture the details in texture using just one pencil and varying the pressure? Or will the tooth of the paper make it harder to do so?

  2. Matt my charcoal white pencil won’t go down very well, it’s like the surface is slippery and I’m not getting a lovely bright white like you do 😢

    Beth I got mine on wish but any art/craft shop should have them, have you been to spotlight?

    • Hi Diane,

      When using white charcoal and graphite together, you have be careful not to put too much graphite on the surface before applying the white charcoal.The white charcoal will not cover or go over the graphite very well. Do you think this is what is happening here?

      • hi Matt, Thank you for being so patient. I admire the way you teach and I am really engaged and motivated to see the lessons.

        You’re right about the white charcoal, on not applying too much graphite at first coz it happens to me. However, I still feel that the charcoal i bought was of cheap quality that’s why there is no strong contrast and also the white looks ashy. Do you have any preference or recommendation on white charcoal?

        Again I am grateful I found your online classes. Thank you Matt.

    • I have the same issue, using different graphite pencils and different white charcoal pencils all I’m getting are smooth/smeared gray marks.

  3. Of all the module projects so far, this has proved to be the toughest challenge for me. Getting the inner inner rings of the bolt to look more or less round was hard. Still I’m learning more new things with each module. Thank you, Matt.

  4. Great I really enjoyed that one I love how the light pops out when using the white charcoal pencil as always Matt your tutorials are amazing! Really starting to build up a really good sketch book to refer to !
    Many thanks Jan

  5. I was wondering (also in the previous exercises) why my drawings on gray paper have much less contrast than yours. Now it finally clicked in place, that I need softer pencils than you use. 2B instead of H and 4B instead of 2B did the trick!

  6. Hi Matt,

    I bought Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencil and it does not seemed to be able to cover any of the graphite at all. Is there a difference between white charcoal pencil and tinted white charcoal pencil?

  7. one of the hard factor i find with lessons is what pencil is best to use, i know you tell us matt, but if i went to a place to draw i think i would need a lot of pencils in my bag.do we have a course explaining what each pencil is best used for?

  8. Really have enjoyed all these texture lessons. In this last lesson, I learned that I need to be a bit more careful in reserving the highlights so that the charcoal is more easily applied to the paper and not over any graphite. I’ve always been enamoured with black and white drawings on toned paper and now have an approach to implement as I go forward. Thanks, Matt.

    • I forgot to mention that I did reinforce the strong highlights with a white gel pen over the white charcoaland that really made them pop.

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