Having fun with Graphite

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I really love graphite. Here is a drawing I recently did. I am currently teaching an online Foundation Drawing class. One of the pencil techniques I am teaching is how to lay down an even value of graphite and subtract and add tonal values. For me this technique is like sculpting with clay. I can add and subtract, push and pull the graphite. It almost develops out of a fog. Here I used a graphite stick to lay in the foundation tone of about 50% grey, and then I lightly drew some insects and other images onto the paper. I used a kneaded eraser and an electric eraser to lighten areas and a Tombow HB pencil to work on the darks. I still have some more work to do on it. It is 11 x 14 but I thought I would post it in progress.

If you wold like to jump into a drawing class online I have this class starting again April 15, 2015.  Have you ever worked in graphite like this? Let me know. I would love to hear from you.

Happy Drawing!

Mindy