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Thanks to Diane (ebbing-gale) for this beautiful, compelling photo.

A light for the lost by ebbing-gale



I used it as a reference to practice my graphite wash technique.

Translation by Crussol12

graphite wash and colored pencil
on rough, heavy watercolor paper.
about 7.5 x 7.5

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berlinhelmut Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the transparency of your material; do you plan/ is it practical to apply at larger sizes?
Screening in DA is always inspiring for me...  
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Crussol12 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist
Generally I don't work very large -- 6 x 8 inches. Maybe if I get really wild 8 x 10 inches.
That's just me. I think you could scale up with the graphite wash.

There are a couple of ways to do graphite wash. There are solid sticks and tins that you apply like water-soluble colored pencils or pans of watercolor. I've been using powdered graphite mixed in water. In this piece I used a foam brush.

It does not take much graphite in a small amount of water to make the wash.
It would need a little experimentation to get the molecular distribution in a continuous field to correspond to the desired membrane transparency.

The support seems to make a significant difference in how the wash behaves.  This piece is on rough, heavy watercolor paper. The paper absorbed the water quickly and left a nice, thin layer of graphite. It was easy to build up layers. On other paper, the water sits on top longer. On primed mixed-media board the water doesn't absorb much at all. The advantage of this is that allows time to move the graphite around with a brush or tilt the board to make it run/drip. The graphite layer is fragile especially in heavier applications so I've been using a workable spray-fix as I build up layers.

Uh-oh . . . I've done it again -- you asked me the time and I ended up trying to explain how to make a watch.

Hope this help.

Ken
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berlinhelmut Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Hi Ken, thank you for all the details of your novel tool. I will try to get the material in a Berlin art storehouse who have nearly everything... and to start experimentaion using your „manual“.

Why I asked for the size: I visited several of the private Art Galleries in Berlin (estimation: more than 100). As most of them are hanging large paintings (>1 qm) I asked for the reason. Some of them told me that they pay not for the effort but mainly for the size of a painting. Nevertheless it will be easier to sell smaller ones -> price !!!

To be honest, I am painting for myself and not for cash. However, in the meantime I have problems to store the many pieces, and consequently I switched to smaller size and to paper instead of canvas. Nevertheless, it would be fine to take away as much as possible...

All the best, Helmut

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Crussol12 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist
Let me know how the experimentation develops.
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berlinhelmut Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I put one of my first tests into my gallery, a curious material, I will go on to learn how to use...
Thanks Mike
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015   Traditional Artist
Despite you saying exercise I agree with Teresa. Very nice work.
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Crussol12 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist
Thanks, Richard.
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
great re-interpretation :nod:
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Crussol12 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist
Thanks. More of an exercise than anything else.
Got a few new colored pencils recently (Caran d'Ache Pablo, not enough difference from other colored pencils to justify the higher cost, in my opinion. I reserve the right to change that opinion pending more use.).
I was doing shading samples -- runs of dark to light -- and it occurred to me that it was similar to a musician practicing scales.
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
:nod: it is a good comparison!
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