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A Sharp Pencil & A Keen Eye


A Sharp Pencil and a Keen Eye

In this class, the humble pencil and its relatives become powerful tools in creating many effects from subtle to stunning. We will use pencils, erasers, graphite sticks/blocks, powdered graphite and their water-soluble cousins to explore the possibilities of this medium for creating refined works of art to quickly-made drawings in our sketchbooks.
Starting with basic drawing principles like line quality and shading, we will experiment with each tool to discover the marks it can produce. We will then move on to drawing letters and designing word groups, both formal and casual.
The monochromatic drawn letterform forces us to slow down and relate more organically to the forms we are creating. You will find drawing letterforms with care and thoughtfulness to be so helpful in improving your design and lettering skills and in allowing for more refined and subtle attention to detail.
Further time will let us explore how to integrate our letters with their backgrounds into designs that will grab our viewer’s eye. Finally, I’ll show you some of the tricks I’ve learned to save time and ensure success when working with this versatile medium.

And here is the Supply List:
• Mechanical Pencil- 0.5 or 0.3 and leads – (PL03, PL09)
• A few drawing pencils in various hardness’ (6B, 4B, 2B, HB, 2H, 4H). (S142) Bring whatever you have already.
• Graphite stick or woodless graphite pencil (4B or 6B) (S865)
• Water-soluble graphite stick-Lyra 6B or 9B (Look for the water drop on the label)
• Art Graf Black Carbon Water-Soluble Ink Block (S955, S955-S6)
• Kneaded eraser (E09)
• White eraser stick: Preferably the Tombow Mono zero round, or Paper Mate ‘Tuff Stuff’ (E22, E23, E25, E26)
• Your favorite writing tools (larger sizes of nibs, ruling pens, automatic pens, brushes, etc). (You won’t need any ink…trust me) (N22, N30, N155, N156)
• Blending Stump (I’ll have some for purchase, if needed) (S781)
• X-acto knife, blades and small pencil sharpener (no motors please) (S417, S130, S960)
• Steel Ruler (S271)
• Large soft flat brush for wetting paper
• Paper - Strathmore 400 series drawing paper (any size) or whatever similar you have at home. Few pages of any other papers you want to try. (P100) 
• Paper - A few pieces of Arches text wove and/or Arches hot press watercolor paper or any cheaper mixed media/watercolor or heavyweight paper that you have already. (PS01, PS42)
• Paper towels, water container, small spray bottle (S817, S784, S836)
• A short quote or a few words you like to write (5-10 words or so)
• Drawing Board/ padded surface to work on.
• Not required, but for your info: The sketchbook I use and recommend is the Moleskine 7.5” x 10” Plain Soft Cover Notebook. (PA86)



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