101 Textures in Graphite & Charcoal: Practical step-by-step drawing techniques for rendering a variety of surfaces & textures

101 Textures in Graphite & Charcoal: Practical step-by-step drawing techniques for rendering a variety of surfaces & textures


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101 Textures in Graphite & Charcoal is a must-have resource for all graphite and charcoal artists. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on drawing key textures you'd find in any illustration. 

Accurately rendering surfaces and textures is one of the most challenging aspects of working with graphite pencil and charcoal. 101 Textures in Graphite & Charcoal provides artists with step-by-step instructions for learning how to draw a wide variety of the most common textures and surfaces, including sand, water, metals, foliage, wood, fabrics, stone, grass, hair, and many more.

Opening with a general introduction to basic drawing tools, materials, and drawing techniques, each page in this comprehensive resource features two to three easy-to-follow steps demonstrating how to create each specific texture.

You will will discover tips and techniques for working in both graphite and charcoal and how to manage their differences when hatching, stippling, scumbling, blending, and more. With its breadth of coverage, easy-to-follow instruction, and helpful tips, 101 Textures in Graphite & Charcoal is a must-have resource for artists of all skill levels.


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101 Textures In Graphite & Charcoal: Cat Eye In Graphite

Step One

Using very light pressure, outline the structures of the cat eye and sketch in some lines showing the direction of the fur around it (The lines shown here are dark for demonstration purposes; your lines should be much lighter).

Step Two

With a 48 pencil, fill in the darkest areas of value in the drawing. With the darkest value established and the white of the paper as a guide, you’ll have a better sense of where the other values belong. Use overlapping, tapered strokes to create the fur around the eye.

Step Three

Now use a 28 and an H8 to develop the structures around the eye, creating fur with tapered strokes. Remember that it’s not necessary to draw each strand of fur. Allow the white of the paper to serve as highlights within the fur.

Step Four

Using 2H and 4H pencils, apply overlapping circular strokes starting with the darker area around the iris (2 H) and moving in toward to the lighter area (4H). Lightly blend this area with a tortillon. To finish, lightly blend the areas around the eye and fur using a tortillon or small stump.

101 Textures In Graphite & Charcoal: Clouds In Graphite

Step One

This example features one of many methods for drawing common cumulus clouds. These plump, beautiful clouds are great for adding interest to a drawing. In this method, you will simply use a stump, graphite powder (saved from pencil shavings), tissue, and a click pencil eraser. Begin by dipping a folded tissue into graphite powder and rubbing over the paper. Create a smooth sky on top and darker clouds below.

Step Two

Using the click pencil eraser, create a sharp outline of the edge of the clouds. As you erase, use a circular motion to produce a bumpy appearance.

Step Three

Next use an old, blunt stump to apply graphite over the cloud shadows. As the shadows lighten, apply increasingly less pressure. Then use the click pencil eraser again to create sharp cloud edges.

Step Four

Use the stump to reapply graphite to create darker areas of the clouds, if needed for more contrast. Then use the sharply cut tip of a pencil eraser to work around the bright edges, giving the clouds a wispy appearance. Also, use this eraser to create linear clouds and small puffs for realism and interest.

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