A couple days ago someone on Facebook asked what the best pencil was. I responded by saying that the best pencil was “the one in your hand” and then went on to talk about the various brands I’d tried. I don’t know much about pencils so my advise was limited.
I was reminded of this advise when I went to the museum on Sunday. I’d set up my stool, and realized that I’d forgotten my pencil case. I grumbled a bit and dug through my bag. I had my Pentel Kerry (.5mm HB) and Pentel 207 (.7mm 2H) pencils and the stub of a Blackwing 602 wooden pencil (a bit softer than HB). Those were the pencils I had in my hand. Great tools for light layout lines for ink drawings but…well, that’s what I had and I wanted to draw a Greek plaster mask that dated from 200AD. So I started to draw.
What drew me to the subject was that it had a chip out of the nose and several from the chin area. I’m trying to learn to capture these features and I’m very clumsy with a pencil, but I hope that this sort of drawing will help me improve. Besides, it’s fun to draw in the museum. At one point there were half a dozen people standing behind me, watching me draw. I tried to chat with them, in both my bad French and passable English, but I really have a hard time drawing and talking at the same time. Anyways, this is what I ended up with, using the “one in my hand.”