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Quick Notes on Water Soluble Graphite:
- Once the painting is dry, you can only erase a little bit to lighten areas- no major erasing
- Water soluble graphite will not smudge or come off on your finger after it is dry
- Layerable just like watercolor and WS colored pencils
- Best if allowed to dry between layers
- You can achieve subtle gradations and watercolor effects with WS graphite that you would never be able to get with regular dry graphite pencils
My reference pic is a Pinterest image of a Buddhist
Jizu statue under a tree somewhere- really cute Pin!
The brands in my stash include Koh-I-Noor Aquarelle, Prismacolor Premier, Portfolio Aqua Sketch, and General's Sketch &Wash. I used all of them to make my little Jizu statue painting above. My Portfolio Aqua Sketch pencil degrees include 2B, HB, 2H, and 4H, and they create the lightest washes of all of my brands. They are good for foundation sketches and lighter values. The darkest values come from the General's Sketch and Wash # 588 and the KIN Aquarelle 4B and 6B. Prisma's HB and 4B and KIN 2B fill in mid-range grays nicely as well.
|L to R: General's, Prismacolor, Crayola Portfolio, Koh-I-Noor
The paint brush is a Daler Rowney #8 round
|Koh-I-Noor Aquarelle on 140lb cold press watercolor paper
Now my on-and-off interest in the Derwent Graphitint collection is renewed....
Continuing with my (dry) Graphite Pencil Reviews:
Today's brands are opposite yesterday's items on the price spectrum, but they are not bad pencils. I tested the higher end graphite only on non-archival newsprint, which I used initially for the following three brands as well. However, it seemed unfair when I saw that none of my cheaper pencils could make decent swatches or shaded spheres on the slicker paper. I know from experience that I can get decent results from these brands on toothier paper, so I tested all three in my Daler Rowney sketch book, which has a rougher surface, which I use mostly for charcoal drawing.
|Blech! Grainy and dull on newsprint
Daler Rowney Simply Drawing Pencils
- Widely available
- Decent range of degrees: 4H to 6B
- Triangular barrel does not roll away
- Performs well on medium to heavy weight drawing papers
- Not great on newsprint and similar papers- streaky and hard to blend
- May need a stump or tortillion for blending seamless gradients
Royal & Langnickel Drawing Pencils
- Cheap, fine for kids who only draw sometimes
- Charcoal items are actually nice
- Compact and Portable set, just don't bang it around too much
- Graphite Pencils and sticks are scratchy, obviously cheap
- Wood is like press board, artificially stuff (even DR Simply pencils use real wood)