The Guide to Graphite – Powdered Graphite

The Guide to Graphite: Powdered Graphite

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The Guide to Graphite – Powdered Graphite — 18 Comments

  1. Hi Matt, I’m about halfway through this course and so eager to do this module. I wish one day to be half as good artist as you are. I’m 57 years old and I just discover this year what a passion drawing and painting is for me. Can’t get enough.

    • Hi Lyne,
      My sentiments exactly, and I’m 68. He’s so right about that graphite going everywhere! Even when you open the bottle very carefullly, as I did. A little black cloud arose from the jar.

  2. Hi Matt, is it okay to use powdered graphite from the hardware store that comes in a squirt bottle that allows a person to dispense it into a keyhole to loosen locks? I think it might be the same stuff. Not sure.

  3. I might try the sandpaper method too but is there any specific coarseness of sandpaper required? Like extra fine, fine, medium or coarse texture?

  4. Hi Matt,

    Thank you for your great tutorials! Could you tell me what the difference would be between using the graphite powder or a soft charcoal pencil to do the rough sketch?

    • Hi Valerie,

      Graphite powder is really better suited for toning areas. You cannot create a line with it, since it is a powder. A charcoal pencil has compressed charcoal material encased within a wooden shaft. It is a different material than that of graphite. It is much darker.

  5. Matt it never fails to amaze me how inspirational your videos are! I wish I had found the website years ago. There are just not enough hours in the day to try all those subjects that inspire me to pick up a pen, pencil, brush, coloured pencil…………………………..! Thank you for rekindling my joy of art.

  6. Hi Matt,

    I’m really struggling to get this level of contrast with my 2B pencil. I also tried adding a 4B to the mix but I’m still really struggling to make my dog look less flat and more realistic. I just keep creating a mess of graphite that I cant draw over due to the tooth of the bristol paper and my burnished graphite application in an attempt to create value. Do you have any advice. I’m currently using derwent graphic pencils and strathmore bristol smooth paper.

    • Hi Bethany,

      You may want to try a paper with a little more tooth if you’re having trouble with the dark tones. You could try Bristol paper with a vellum surface. There’s a little more tooth but the paper is still very smooth.

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