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Drawing: the benefits of certain mediums

Updated on September 17, 2015

Over the years as I've developed my own drawing style, I've tried a variety of mediums and have discovered the pros and cons of each.

Pencil: One of my favourite mediums, graphite is extremely flexible and easy to work with. If you get a quality pencil and eraser, it should be easy to cover mistakes. It's easier to capture details because the lead is so strong, you can make a really sharp point and keep it for a while. However, it doesn't create a good contrast and shows up lightly on the paper unless if you draw harder and risk making an irreversible mistake. Usually pencil is pretty stable on the paper and harder to smear.

Charcoal: Another of my favourite mediums, I like the contrast created by charcoal. However, it's difficult to erase mismarks on a paper and I often find I need white pastel to cover up mistakes when they won't erase. Charcoal is also so messy; there have been countless times when a brush of my hand has been devastating.

Pastel: This is extremely difficult to erase, though it smears pretty easily. Oil pastel, of course, is pretty sturdy while regular pastel acts a lot like charcoal as far as its messiness. Very nice for blending; I like to use tissue paper for this.

Watercolour: I am a watercolour failure; the delicacy of water makes it difficult for me to work with it. Also, I think pictures look better black and white anyway. But watercolour is nice because you really can do a lot with it; you can make it dark or light, create a wash or just do lines. There are so many different types of brushes so you can create what you want.

Ink: Ink is very temperamental and unfortunately very permanent. I don't draw in ballpoint but use a nib and ink if I have to. At least you can get detail, but any mistakes and it's very sad.


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      9 years ago

      so cool!!

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      Priscilla Chan 

      9 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      I love to draw but I am not that good. It is great that you have the talent! Keep up the good work.

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      cora laki 

      9 years ago

      wow! that is awsome

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      9 years ago

      What do you draw on? Do you sell your art?

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      LeeAnn Hall 

      9 years ago

      You are a very talented artist. You are someone who I look up to a great bit. If you check out my URL, then check out what I drew in My Photos album. I have drawn a lot more in my sketch books, but they are not on my URL.

      Thank you for sharing your creativity with everyone. God bless you.

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      9 years ago

      i can almost draw like that

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      10 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Absolutely stunning and beautiful you are certainly creative!!!:)

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      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Pencil is a great medium. I do a bit of color and pencil, but I definitely went through a phase where I was just doing pencil.

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      11 years ago

      Beautiful drawings!!

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      Barry Rutherford 

      11 years ago from Queensland Australia

      your blogs are hot !


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