I love, love, love drawing in pencil, it gives me great satisfaction. Perhaps it's because it allows me to give such attention to detail? Drawing is also so flexible, much of this drawing was completed in front of the tv downstairs because all you need is the paper, a few pencils, a pencil sharpener and eraser, unlike when I am painting in watercolour when much more equipment is required. Then I use my studio (although for years before having a studio I used the kitchen table). Here I used a colour photo and turned it into a black and white drawing. Conversely, when I am painting in watercolour I often use a black and white picture, or take a photocopy of a colour photo or picture, this allows me to see the tonal values - light and dark areas. For pencil drawing I always use three grades of pencil, HB, 3B and 6B. However with this drawing, I also used a 9B for the dark background, blending it in with my fingers. I've called him Malcolm - why? - just because he looks like a Malcolm to me! He's also been added to my gallery, under Drawings. What would I change about Malcolm? His moustache is far too dark, I used 3B so I would use HB as I did on his hair to the left of the drawing. I deliberately left out the stubble on his chin and would chose to do this again.
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Susan C. Adcock