Work in Progress Wednesday | Drawing with Graphitint

Work in Progress Wednesday | Drawing with Graphitint


Graphitint pencils are tinted drinking water-soluble graphite pencils built by Derwent. I’m applying them this week to challenge my wondering about color and approach.

Experimenting with new supplies is a terrific way to reveal unexplored choices in your perform. I’ve worked with Graphitint pencils before, and come across the total concept of water-soluble drawing resources interesting. It’s been a obstacle for me to embrace them entirely, however, due to the fact I’ve created a mindset and way of functioning with standard materials that I can rely on and supply alternatively predictable effects. What you’ll see in this report is the very first step to better being familiar with these one of a kind pencils and new choices with color.

Graphitint WIP
Reference Impression
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Initial line-get the job done and wash

Original Wash

What I did: I flippantly produced the outlines of the main designs, and then utilized “Ocean Blue #07,” to flippantly layer the sky, distant hills, trees, and shadow shapes. With a #10 brush loaded with water, I washed the place and let it dry.

What I’d Do Otherwise: See the uneven locations in the sky? This is due to the fact my brush was way too modest and I was not in a position to provide an even wash to the whole sky spot in a single go. On the upcoming attempt, I’d use a larger #14 watercolor brush, which would keep much more drinking water and let me to do the job the complete space in one particular endeavor.

Graphitint WIP_2
Mid-Tone wash


What I did: I utilized “Green Grey #09” for the distant hills, “Ivy #11” to block the mid-tones for the trees, and “Chestnut #13” for the red shadow parts. The #10 Sable Brush labored perfectly to develop an preliminary clean and build light-weight textural brushwork. Just after the initial wash dried, I utilized a layer of dried pencil to make a dried textured influence on the tough tooth of the paper.

What I’d Do In another way: The colour in the distant hills is not making the impact I would have liked. Specified a next check out, I would develop a more powerful first layer of “Sky Blue #07.” This would produce additional atmospheric distance. In the shadow locations of the making, I would use “Cool Brown #13.”

Graphitint WIP _3
Remaining review layered with dry Graphitint

Ultimate Research

What I did: I utilized a wash of “Sage #12” on the floor and chapel to advertisement warmth. Depth, texture, and shadow was additional employing hatching with a dry “Shadow #05” pencil.

What I’d Do In different ways: The reddish shadow places are also robust, so I would start with a more robust layer of “Sage #12” and a lighter layer of “Chestnut #13” to point out the shadows.

What Was Uncovered

Graphitint on watercolor paper is a compelling pairing. The resulting picture has a powerful light-weight good quality and texture, but I have to have to superior have an understanding of the shades and how to layer them successfully. I delight in developing levels of hatch marks and information on top rated of the coloured washes and look forward to functioning further more with these elements!


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