Returning to my least favorite paper (or is it) and working in graphite on a falcon
Back to the Bristol vellum and back to basics with this graphite falcon. I already had this falcon sketched out on a section of Bristol vellum and wanted to finish the sheet so I could move on. Having already discovered I didn’t like Bristol vellum, I wasn’t looking forward to working on this.
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Crappy Paper again?
I had worked on this same paper with my mountain and quail which didn’t work well for me and what I wanted to do. It was simply too smooth for my liking. As such, I was dreading working on this paper again but in the interests of finishing things, I broke out my graphite pencils hoping that it would go faster.
Not hard enough
I was working with a small set of 9000 series graphite pencils from Faber Castell and a couple of very old, harder Berol pencils. The lay down by both pencils was surprisingly smooth considering how much I struggled with the paper the last time I used it. My main problem, despite using a very light hand, was that my 2H pencil was too dark. I ended up laying down graphite, gently blending out with a stump before lightly lifting off what I could to get the background light enough.
The paper worked very well for me with the graphite and I had fun finishing up this falcon. The feathers, blocked in with the 2H, came together with some light shading with a 2B and sometimes a 4B. I barely used my softer pencils and most of the time kept wishing for even harder pencils. Given this experience, I will be saving this paper for graphite work and will also give it a try for ink work.
A 14×17” piece of Strathmore Bristol vellum divided into 6 sections yielding an approximate 5×7″ size end size.
Faber Castell 9000 series graphite pencils as well as a couple of Berol pencils. Blending stumps, kneaded eraser, and my still unreplaced broken Kum long point round out the supplies.