Drawings in blacklead pencils are not that commonly seen in galleries these days. We are swamped with colour so often that when one sees such a drawing, we immediately gravitate to it.

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.

More tomorrow.


About artkleko

artist, art curator, art teacher, art judge, art critic
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  1. Dors says:

    Lovely graphite drawing Richard. I always look forward to seeing your pencil work. I love the shadows, you have achieved some lovely tones.

    • artkleko says:

      Thanks Dors, I am looking forward too, to seeing what I draw after so many years away from graphite work. My style in greyscale has always been quite loud and gutsy, but I expect this time around that I will be more subtle. I have started work on an unfinished drawing that i will post on my blog.
      I don’t want to start anything new just yet as I have some CP work to complete.
      Regards, Richard

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