Water Soluble Graphite Review
October 31, 2012 § 1 Comment
Written by Nikky Illustrates www.nikky.ca
My first time using this new product was remarkable. I was so excited about this new medium and this feeling has not changed. I use the puck in the tin because I liked the thought of the easy washes I could make with them. Then I enjoyed how little it took to make a wash. I use synthetic brushes with this medium and love the dexterity. It dried at a reasonably fast pace and didn’t rub off on my hands too. I like pencil drawings but I do prefer painting and seem to have a heavy wrist and smudge the drawings all too often. When I was finishing up the painting I noticed I had gone too dark and needed to make the objects recede a little. So I took a normal white eraser to the 300lb cold press watercolor paper. The geys came off gradually and evenly. Although I doubt it would have gone back to pure white it erased well enough when I miss painted a face and wanted to restart. It didn’t buckle or puddle on the paper like low-grade watercolours either. I was so pleased!
I started this painting with a general HB sketch on a piece of card stock. I don’t like working directly off of watercolour paper as it tends to ruin the surface if it’s overworked. I worked out the layout and composition as well as the tonal range. Then I used tracing paper to transfer the image onto the 300lb waterclour paper. One the image was on the paper I used my original drawing and all reference photos. (I took these photos but never copied directly from them)
I started the painting with the lightest grey wash I could mix and blocked out the beginning of the shapes. I then continued to mix darker and darker values of grey to add volume and depth to my painting. I waited until the other layers had dried out of personal preference. When I needed to, I erased sparingly with a white eraser. I found the kneedable one didn’t work well enough for me, maybe because it was too soft. Eventually I used my smallest brush with little water and heavy pigment to add my final darkest elements.
This may not seem like a wild ride for everyone but to combine drawing pencils and watercolour into one product was such a rush for me! I can’t wait to experiment and enjoy all aspects of this new favourite toy! I fully recommend it to anyone over the age of 8!