Today’s pencil drawings aren’t as dark as previously posted.

TOP: I was intrigued by the light shining on this old house at Chudleigh in Tasmania’s Meander Valley. Sadly, the house no longer exists, but it was a great subject to draw.

MIDDLE & BOTTOM: Two dilapidated houses near Pyengana in Tasmania’s North East. I love the negative areas, especially in the lower house.


I always prefer thick, soft papers as they are very responsive to the various pencil tones. In fact they are so responsive that for example, I can obtain a 4B shade with a 2B pencil. This means I can work with a firmer pencil point for more accuracy. The softer the pencil, the harder it is to maintain a good pencil point.

Watercolour paper 300 gsm and thicker, is ideal. I like to have some tooth (texture), so a medium paper is my preference although I have worked with both rough and smooth surfaces.

Cartridge paper is a good, cheap alternative, but I recommend that you have another sheet underneath to give you a soft, responsive surface.

Coloured papers are also good to work with and white can be added for a stronger light source.

THE DOWNSIDES: Soft papers mark very easily and this is evident when you erase an area. I suggest that you work lightly and build up the tones before adding the darker pencils. Be careful when working with the H pencils, especially 2H – 8H as they are extremely hard and dent the paper easily. Don’t press too hard . Use a 2H to block-out your drawing.

More tomorrow.


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4 Responses to BLACKLEAD PENCILS Part 3.

  1. Lorraine McNeair says:

    Richard, I have really enjoyed your lead pencil works.

  2. Thanks Lorraine, there are more to come!

  3. Dors says:

    I love all these wonderful graphite drawings. I am enjoying this topic so much. Thank you Richard also for the tips. I too like to use the 300gsm paper. It’s wonderful to work on.

    Hope there is more on this topic…. Greedy me. 🙂

  4. Thanks Dors, there’s a few more posts to come. If you have any thoughts on the topic I’d love to hear from you.

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