New pencils

Prismacolour and Derwent Inktense. Trial run on mauve sugar paper because why make it easy!

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Above is the prismacolour which I can’t quite bring myself to spell without a ‘u’ and how petty is that! I wasn’t too impressed with these at the start but actually the colours stand out pretty well, given the fibrous nature of the paper. I like the way the white really does come up bright and sharp.

Below, with the other bird looming above like a predator, is the Derwent Inktense which, admittedly, is a medium that benefits from adding water. Not on this paper though which is too absorbent so there’s no chance for it to swim and move.

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Beyond the Trial by Pencil, there’s the use of lines. I believe I’m getting better at this – or at least less hesitant at working with a pointed instrument rather than the blunter less contained charcoal/conte type. Strange, because I’d never used either of those before starting this course and suddenly became wedded to them. I’ve found I make marks by ‘tickling’ the paper; holding the pencil quite loosely and letting it trail in the general direction of the shape I’m after. Tickling and trickling might be what’s happening here!

As a side issue, the light in this part of the house (well, most of it actually) is a little weird with a large window in front, a French window to the side into the conservatory, and a skylight above, and the main light (hardly ever used) is one of those that mimics a yellow/orange burning flame light. The bright light I use for drawing and for taking photos of the work is a daylight replicator for reading and other close work in reduced lighting conditions, going by the snappy title of garden mile® Natural Daylight Simulating Floor Standing Lamp Goose Neck High Vision Lighting Reading Hobby Craft SAD Light 27w Energy Saving White Lamp. I got mine from Amazon; it looks disturbingly like one of those things from War of the Worlds.

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This is a small, metal, articulated fish. I used to wear it on a thread of coloured raffia as a necklace. The first image is the Prismacolour, and the second, Derwent.

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The Prismacolour is quite bright but I think Derwent edges ahead on white cartridge and I like how the pencil marks are retained even when water is added. Cheated with the eyes though, there’s a dab of white gouache on each of them!

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