Not all blacklead pencil drawings are drawn on paper. Have you ever thought of mountboard?

Today’s featured drawing is of the Liffey Falls, in Northern Tasmania. For this work I used a piece of white mountboard. The reason for this choice was that I wanted to show the tooth (texture) of the board for a more three-dimensional effect.

Mountboard is not a soft surface to work on, but it is worth the effort because it is so different from the softer, heavyweight papers that I usually use. You don’t have to tape the board to a table or drawing board as it is so stiff that it won’t crease or buckle. Why not get some mountboard off-cuts from a picture framer and have a try?

If you are interested in drawing with blacklead pencils I recommend that you try as many different surfaces as you can.


About artkleko

artist, art curator, art teacher, art judge, art critic
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