Graphite pencils are most effective for creating monotone realism. For many a photographer, black & white images are still a favourite over colour to give a drastic impression on a subject or place and working in graphite is exactly the same - to add drama and great effect to a drawing.
I have a great passion for working in graphite - although I love colour in my work, I enjoy the ability to push my boundaries and create highly detailed and sometimes photo realistic effect in my pencil work. The concept is the same as coloured pencils, starting by laying down the base tones as well as any indents before I then layer, blend and tweak the applications until completion. How much realism you want in your work will depend on the time you wish to put in.
2021 Graphite art workshops
I will show you how to create realism in your graphite portrait by following my blending and erasing technique.
Step by step demonstrations are given throughout the day to make it easier to follow and is also backed up by worksheets that everyone can take home and keep for future reference.
Even if you have never picked up a pencil before, I can guarantee that you will be rather surprised at your achievements at the end of the day!
This Workshop will show you, whether an absolute Beginner or an Intermediate:
* Where to begin with a Graphite portrait
* How to prepare your Graphite piece to achieve very fine
* The best ways to blend Graphite
* How to layer a Graphite Portrait
* How to create the tones in a Graphite portrait
What you will need on the day
Selection of Graphite pencils B's upto 9B
Clean, soft bristle brush
Pencil eraser (aka 'Perfection' rubber)
3 ply tissue pack
Sheet of Graphite/Grey Tracedown
Clean sheet of white A4 paper
For a detailed breakdown of requirements and recommendations, please visit our GRAPHITE PENCILS product recommendations page.
You can also opt to loan a kit on the day of the workshop if you are new to graphite and wish to try out the medium before buying your own products.
Home Kit - £13.00 Extra
A home kit provides you with the all the products needed for these workshops. The collection is compact enough to carry around with you, allowing you to bring it to future graphite pencil workshops too.