Elfin Pencil

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Ivan Bradley

Recently I've been revisiting pencil sketching, so I've been "doodling" - or rather I've been doing a lot of unreferenced head and figure studies in both "natural" and manga styles. I still don't quite get manga, though I like it enormously. I tend to overwork features which makes some of my stuff a bit spooky or bug-eyed monstrous rather than cutesie. It seems the answer is to be very economical with linework and to avoid modelling features at all costs. Meanwhile, I've a few hybrid sketches such as this one which seem to work to some extent. Sketched on a Poundland (!) sketch pad with mechanical and wooden pencils - mainly F, 2H and H mechanicals and some light shading with a 9H and 5H lumograph with a tiny bit of B and 4B mechanical. It may amuse you to learn that I bought the lumographs (blue Staedtler) in1976 and a couple of the mechanicals in, I think, 1974. Pentels. I can't recommend them highly enough. The old ones have identical clips to one I bought last week. In a fit of lunacy I just bought three Pentel Graphgear 1000s, all 0.5mm. Ouch on the price, but if they last like the old ones, then that's really a bargain. The gadget/engineering factor on these things is amazing. If you sketch a lot and don't mind having to put up with the convenience of not having to resharpen every few minutes and you are not offended by consistent line widths, pick up a Graphgear. You'll love it. Probably not ideal if tou are into the copying-photographs-so-they-look-exactly-like-photographs-but-in-pencil type of hobby 'cos you'll definitely need to use wooden pencils edge on for that, but if stray lines don't bother you, go on, treat yourself. Anyway, me hybrid elfie gal doodled up while listening to the proms. Scanned as is with no tweaking.   

Published More than a year ago

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