Before I became a serious coloured pencil artist I worked with blackleads for a number of years. Despite their monotoned appearance they are very rewarding to work with.
This series of blog posts will look at blackleads as a genuine art medium and I’ll discuss the various ways that I have employed them.
Today’s featured drawings are from 1984 and feature landscapes near Perth, in Northern Tasmania. What you will notice is the amount of dark tone I used back then. This was due no doubt to my hard-edged painting style that I developed at Art School before I began my art teaching career.
Dark pencils appealed to me because of their immediate strength of tone. I also worked on rough, heavy watercolour paper for a lot of my early drawings. Both of today’s drawings were done on a relatively smooth cartridge paper. As you will see over the coming days, I experimented with different papers and over time, a broader range of pencils.
Tomorrow I will discuss the range of pencils and papers that I have worked with.