A Guide to Pencil Drawing by Carlos Ruffino

By Carlos Ruffino

This complete consultant takes not anything with no consideration. beginning with the discovery of the pencil and its first makes use of, it demonstrates via distinct textual content and various sketches how eloquently an artist can convey himself with quite a few pencils and graphite sticks.

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Life drawing forces an artist to think in the moment and quickly capture the pose without second guessing. RECLINING NUDE Annette Smith . Charcoal and Conté . 18" × 24" (46cm × 61cm) DREAMLAND Diane E. Leifheit . Charcoal and charcoal pencil . 14" × 24" (36cm × 61cm) The Last Pose I have facilitated life-drawing sessions for over ten years in a community environment that attracts artists of all levels and ages. Each session begins with ten one-minute warm-up poses and works up to the last half-hour pose.

Shadows on photographs appear darker than they actually are, so I take this into account and try to lighten them up a bit and give them more depth. 51 ON 31 Steve Clay . Graphite . indd 56 2/13/07 10:30:24 AM MACHINERY I Leah F. Waichulis . Charcoal and pastel . 9" × 8" (23cm × 20cm) Weathered Character I love to focus on narrative scenes, taking inspiration from interesting abandoned buildings and other man-made objects near my hometown. I strive for my work to be personal and identifiable by showing the impact of human life through the character and history of the weathered settings left behind.

A breakthrough came when I searched for a new drawing tool to set my creativity free: a Pilot V7 blue ink pen. With this pen, expressive, lyrical lines and shapes seem to almost produce themselves, an elusive feat for me with graphite. The pen flows best on smooth papers. Spritzing the drawing with water disperses the line and brings the drawing to life. indd 34 2/13/07 10:08:41 AM Gesture for Fun This drawing was one of a series of quick two-minute gesture drawings I did using pen and ink. I added the color later with a brush and colored inks.

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