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post #1 of 13 Old 05-23-2010, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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What do you use for your drawings?

For years I used regular pencils for my drawings, but recently bought some charcoal pencils and though very different from what I've used until now, they are quite nice and really starting to enjoy them.

Interested to hear your answers. I'm always willing to try using something new. Would love to see some photos of things you've drawn with each particular thing. I will come back and post some of my work.

What do you guys use for your drawings? What do you find are the pros and cons of what you have used(liked and disliked).
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-24-2010, 03:13 PM
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I use only 2B lead, a variety of tortillions and a kneaded eraser for my drawings. I've been lurking on the art forum since I joined HF, but will go ahead and post a couple of drawings even though I know I don't hold a candle to our "pros".

This is a yorkie and cockapoo that I did for one my daughters' teachers:
Aug. '09 014.jpg

I know the eyes of this lion cub are not equal in size and shape, but I'm still happy with it.

This bunny was a practice sketch.
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-24-2010, 09:27 PM
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Oops, the second photo didn't show up.

I just realized you were probably talking about horse art, weren't you?

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post #4 of 13 Old 05-24-2010, 11:03 PM
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I started with graphite pencil. Then played with a bit of charcoal (would like to do some more charcoal), and now my favourite medium is chalk pastel (I use pastel sticks and pencils). It goes onto the paper beautifully, has wonderful coverage and such vibrant colours. But pastel's are expensive to work in so keep that in mind, you need to use a 'toothed' paper with them or the pastel will just fall off. If you want to see a few pastel examples have a look in my journal.
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post #5 of 13 Old 05-25-2010, 06:21 AM
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I draw in graphite/colored pencil, and ink sometimes, but in the past 6 months or so I've mainly focused on using charcoal and carbon.

Charcoal-



Carbon-


Graphite-
(sorry the best copy I have is edited with text)





Colored Pencil-


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post #6 of 13 Old 05-25-2010, 04:37 PM
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I have some graphite pencils that my grandpa gave me, they were what he had doubles of so it's kind of spotty (I go from 2B to 6B hah) but I like it :) I also just got a kneaded eraser so I'm figuring out how to use that.

I drew with a pen once. I found it on my floor ^-^

I kind of want to start working with some kind of color this summer...but I dunno what. Right now all I have are crayons and markers. -_- But I feel like I should at least try some kind of color because I'll be taking my first art class (YAY!) next year and I wanna be prepared.

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Marker (the purple was dead..I swear I'm not that bad at coloring)

Crayon (lol, school project)

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post #7 of 13 Old 05-28-2010, 08:23 PM
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Hello =)
Well, for my drawings I use a 0.7 2B mechanical pencil and a 5B for darkening the shadows. I also go for acrylics and oil paintings when I'm in the mood for a more colorful image =)

Amazing drawings btw!!!
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Im going to have to come back this evening with the last drawing I did. It was my first attempt with Charcoal. I don't know that I like it, but it turned out ok for this drawing. Will come back to post.
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post #9 of 13 Old 05-29-2010, 02:09 PM
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I prefer graphite... tend to use a wide spectrum of lead. Anywhere from h to 6b. Kneaded erasers are a huge part of my art.

I don't care for charcoal...just because it's so messy. But I like what it can do in talented hands.

Here's are some of mine... all graphite.


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post #10 of 13 Old 05-31-2010, 05:37 PM
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I'm another who works exclusively in graphite, with a fondness for .3 and .5 mechanical pencils. I also rely heavily on my kneaded eraser. Charcoal's too messy for my tastes, but other people get stunning results.
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