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Let’s start with art

Part 4 Find out what the humble graphite pencil can do for your artwork, by Linda Birch


How to choose and use graphite pencils

Other materials you will need

Techniques to try

The dictionary definition of ‘to draw’ is described as ‘to construct in linear form’. While this is a good enough description, there is much more involved in drawing. A line is a device by which the artist defines the separation of a colour or a tone. Lines do not exist, however, but are merely divisions that help the viewer see a difference in either the colour surrounding that line, or a change in tone.

Traditionally the tools for drawing were those that create a line: pencil, pen, stylus (in engraving) and brushes. In this article I will look at the uses of graphite pencils, and some other dry drawing materials that produce mostly monochromatic works.

Often beginners are nervous when asked to draw, which they may never have tackled since their school days. However drawing is less threatening than using colour where problems easily become out of control. It is all right to use an eraser if things go wrong, but hopefully with care and confidence this may not be very often necessary.

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Welcome to the April issue of Leisure Painter. From experimenting with watercolour and gouache to paint a winter landscape and a beginner's guide to acrylic painting to sketching animals from life and drawing trees using ink, this issue is packed with practical advice and information for the amateur painter. There is a plethora of demonstrations to paint in watercolour, acrylic, water-mixable oils, pastels and more to help build confidence and skills along with projects from photographs, tips and techniques and inspiration. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.