The Guide to Graphite: Texture Study 1

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  1. I loved doing this rose. I have a question, though. I don’t have any Bristol paper yet, so I used white sketching paper. I didn’t get the smoothness that you have. Is it because of the paper, did you use a stump, or did you take more time and care? Thanks.

    Your courses are really excellent and just challenging enough. Every time I finish, I can’t wait for the next one. My family was amazed at my gorilla, haha.

  2. This was an incredibly difficult drawing for me. Drawing the outline of the rose accurately was very tricky. I can understand how blind contour drawing helps. I noticed that I would draw a part of the rose in conjunction with another part, thinking it was accurate. But when I went to draw something else onto it, I realised how inaccurate my previous parts of the drawing were. Aaaagggghhhh! I also found it very overwhelming trying to actually work out where to start to draw the rose. Then there’s the shading. Trying to make it smooth without any joins. Oh well. You know what they say – practice makes progress!

  3. Yes having trouble knowing which direction to use to make petals look 3D and how to sketch where the darker and lighter value will be?
    Thx … this is very challenging but I’m loving it!
    Did better with the tennis shoe than the rose!😁

    • Hi Tan,

      If you are planning to finish the work with watercolor, I would only use contour lines to draw the subject. Then erase away as much of the graphite as possible before adding watercolor. You can certainly add watercolor over a graphite drawing, but I’m not sure the results will be what you expect.

  4. Concentrating on light pressure to avoid the shine – Check!
    Also concentrating on stroke direction – Check!
    And concentrating on switching to the 2B for darkness – Check!
    No hard edges due to light pressure and blending just with the pencil and no stumps, fingers, tissues or fancy magic – Check!
    Getting the proportions right – Semicheck!
    Making sure to identifiy the correct values and relations to neighboring values – FAIL!
    Picking a cheap sketch book instead of the expensive fine bristol paper, because knowing it’ll probably not turn out to be a master piece – Supercheck!

    Bottom line – I needed this lessong 🙂

  5. I just finished this rose…my very first graphite drawing, and I am so pleased! As a beginner, I thought the lesson was just right…easy to understand and detailed enough that even a beginner like me could understand. Loved it! Looking forward to the next module!

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