Tuesday 2 June 2015

Graphitint and Rollerball - Trees through a Window

I had my graphitint pencils with me, but no brush (or water). I wanted to draw the effect of the light coming through the trees outside the window. Dry tinted graphite wasn't going to give me that effect.

But if I put the colour for the leaves in and the darker colours for the branches, I would probably loose the clarity of the wetted green shades when the branch colour bled into the leaf colour... What I needed was a waterproof dark. I lighted upon a black rollerball pen. Having firmly delineated the wood, I felt confident enough to give its bark some colour.

At home, I used a waterbrush to wet the graphitint colours. The effect is pleasingly subtle.