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Pencil Drawings

For years, most any art that I did was in pencil. A pencil is convenient, quick, travels well, and a wonderful creative tool. I always have one or two hanging about in my purse. As a child I got frustrated with my inability to control the line with crayons, whereas pencils could be sharpened and depended upon to make a clean line. 

So, I started out drawing with one of those big fat kindergarten pencils. I love the feel of one of those big pencils in my big hand and the soft dark markings they make. I still have some in my store of implements. I also especially like the Faber-Castell Jumbo pencils. I have several of every softness from 2B to 8B. When I started doing the large, complicated pencil drawings though, I switched to .5mm soft lead automatic pencils.

In grade school I was frequently asked to draw the illustration for whatever project we students were working on. First draft was always in pencil. A discipline I developed was starting at the upper left hand corner and drawing down to the right, not going back to rework, as the supersoft leads had a tendency to smear. The piece, “Hawaiian Shirt”, is one of a series done like that.