Trying Out New Materials

I’m continuing with my normal daily practice but I’m also trying out new materials. This very cool Cretacolor Monolith graphite set.

Most, if not all artists, love art supplies. Every time I go into an art store or shop online it’s like a toy store for me. I recently had a lot of fun refreshing many of my normal supplies and getting some new ones for my Birthday.

Jeff Watts from the Watts Atelier was using these pencils and I needed more graphite, especially in the higher B’s, so I’m trying gout new materials.

They come with a sharpener, an eraser and a holder for when they get short. I used them today for my warm-up, the DrawaBox exercises, the Steve Huston form exercises and a bit on my Peter Pan Drawing.

They slide over the paper wonderfully, which makes them a bit harder to control with the lack of friction but they make up for that for the nice weight they have. I was skeptical of the pencil sharpener but with just a couple twists I can get a super sharp point in seconds. So far I’m really liking the quality.

Peter Pan Drawing

I’m having some trouble with the structure on the right side of his face, the light side, the form is not turning the way I would like. I worked on that a bit then I moved to his torso where I need to fill in a ton of dark areas. The charcoal will be flying for the next couple days.

Peter pan drawing

Previous Peter Pan Drawing Posts

Warm-up and DrawABox exercises

Because I was trying out those new graphite pencils I found my warm-up exercise harder to keep clean because they had much less friction and slide across the page super easy.

Of course, I am making my practice much harder than suggests by not touching the paper while drawing and standing with my board at a easel. I want to train my dexterity to be a painter not an illustrator which means holding a paint brush far away from the surface.


Wow this exercise was fun! I can’t wait to try it again once I get in my ink pens I ordered.

draw a box practice

Steve Huston Form Exercise

I was not only focusing on the form of these drawing but also trying to get the proportions correct while doing so. These are also done in the Cretacolor Monolith Graphite pencils. 9B to be exact. I’m loving the really high B’s, you can get some really dark blacks, but you still get the normal graphite shine.

form exercise

Group Gestures

Back to charcoal for this exercise. I had a really tough time getting focused on these drawings. I have a timer going plus I need to search through some stock photos to find groups. Plus I was trying to eat, listen to music and follow my movement timer. Multi-tasking is a myth! Mono-tasking is where it’s at!

Daily Composition and Daily Sketch

I’m happy with my daily composition today. We saw this girl on the swing set all by herself. She really did look very sad, I didn’t have to make much up.

daily composition and daily sketch

What went well?

Awesome morning of art!

What needs work?

Get that focus back for art after lunch when I start back up again after a break.

What did I learn?

Trying out new materials is a lot of fun and the Cretacolor Monolith Graphite set may be a new staple in my daily practice. We shall see.

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