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GRAPHITE

 

ACRYLICS
MARKERS
COLORED PENCILS
PASTELS
WATERCOLORS
Commonly mistaken as lead, the color created when met with paper is created by the graphite found within a pencil. Sixteenth century artists—as well as writers—began to discover this useful drawing tool and found various uses for it. Before it was encased in wood, it was used in a small, brick shaped form. Various different shades of graphite can be seen in many different works of art. Tips in mastering this art form include: using a variety of lines, keep even shading, and have a controlled direction of marks. Here, the many techniques and shading can be seen in these three different drawings.
This graphite landscape shows the different techniques used to express shadows and reflection across the plain.
This still life drawing shows the different gradients of shading being shown through different levels of color within graphite tools.
The portrait at the left shows how graphite is used to express the softness of the skin tone and the levels of texture.

 

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