Some years ago I produced a series of blacklead drawings for an exhibition and they proved to be quite popular. I hope to produce some more before the year is out.
I use a lot of heavy shading contrasted with expanses of white in my work, such as the example posted today, of a house in the Upper Derwent Valley in Tasmania.
There is a very broad range of shades available (9H – 9B), plus graphite pencils, that give the ‘greyscale artist’, plenty of variation.
This type of drawing is not as easy as it looks. Working without colour can be tricky and a a good deal of research needs to be done before embarking on such drawings.
I try to use as many different pencils as possible. Subtle differences do count and should be employed through variations of shade.