BLACKLEAD PENCILS Part 5.


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.

Richard

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