Ah…The Meditation That Is Pencil Drawing

I’ve pulled these books from my library and they now rest on the table next to my reading/TV chair.  The Guptill and Harding books are still the best in my opinion but I like all of these books.  Harding has a great book on drawing trees too but I don’t have that one.

So here I am, pencil in hand, drawing stuff.  While it feels like a new road for me, I have done some pencil drawing in museums during winter, because many museums don’t like the idea of watercolors being sloshed about near the exhibits.  This is when I work with watercolor pencils too, using a water brush. That was back in 2013-2014 though, and mostly I was still trying to figure out how to deal with basic proportions.  Light and shade was mostly foreign to me.

I was walking the other day and found some mushrooms on their last legs I did some tiny sketches of them.  It was hard because they were old and falling apart.  Somehow I related to them (grin).  Anyways, the highlight was that I found some milkweed pods and I brought some home with me.  This was done in my S&B Epsilon 9×12 sketchbook.

Drawing this was… well… peaceful.  I’ve mentioned that I draw slowly regardless of medium.  That’s how this kind of drawing is done.  Pencil books don’t spend time telling you to draw quickly (grin).  The time flew by, however, and I felt refreshed at the end.  On to the next page.  I hope you find my stumbling around with new media at least casually interesting and that you’ll laugh along with me.

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  1. Tina Koyama says:

    I love watching you explore a new medium — especially pencil! 😉 The pod is lovely. You might enjoy checking out some books on botanical drawing. Most are in watercolor, but I’ve seen some really gorgeous botanical drawings done in graphite.

    • Glad you’re enjoying it. I feel I’m exposing many of my inabilities with the new medium stuff. At the same time I feel absolutely exhilerated as the art world has gotten MUCH larger for me all of a sudden.

      As for botanical drawing books, maybe I’m exposing more than just my inabilities. I’m an absolute art materials and book geek. In spite of being a pen driver, I own hundreds of pencils of all sorts, lots and lots of paints I’ve never used and when I once counted, I had over 300 art books but that was several Amazon years ago (grin). I’ve got a bunch of botanical books, for colored pencil, watercolor pencil, pencil pencil and just plain old watercolor. Have I drawn botanicals? On an occasional one. I do find Sarah Simblet’s book to be the best, though.

  2. Arlene Lennox says:

    Much as I love my fountain pens, pencil drawing takes me back to my childhood and happy times with a yellow 2B.

    • Pencil is a lot of fun IF you’ve got lots of time. As a sketching tool, however, I find it lacking relative to a fountain pen. This, of course, is in the eye of the beholder and the reasons and expectations for sketching. I use a pencil every day but most of my street sketching is ‘end product’ sketching and a fountain pen line drawing has more impact than a pencil line drawing in my opinion.

      But your comment about your childhood made me smile as most of the basis for my views come from the fact that I used a fountain pen all through school and for the decades that followed. I didn’t draw until 10 years ago and it was with a fountain pen. I do need to learn many of the things you pencil drivers learned that can’t be learned while driving a fountain pen.

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