View Full Version : Graphite and Wash

08-04-2013, 07:56 AM
I experimented with a different technique for the WDE this week and thought it might be of interest here as well.

5 x 7 , Arches 90# hot press, ref from "J"

First I did the sketch using a water soluble Derwent sketching pencil (about 1 hr).

Then I used a soft damp brush to blend the graphite (another 5 min).

Once it was completely dry, I did a wash over the graphite (another 10 min or so).



08-04-2013, 08:29 AM
Nice work Anne, I'm intrigued by hydrants in the USA. Here they are generally underground.


08-04-2013, 08:44 AM
Thanks Yorky.

The water pipes to them are underground but the actual hydrant is above ground. During the summer, in the cities, they put spray caps (http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/hazards/heat_safety.shtml)on the hydrants so the children can cool off.

I'm in a rural area where there aren't any hydrants. If there is a fire, the fire company brings a water truck. They will also pump from a pool or stream if it's available.


08-05-2013, 04:55 PM
I love how the water graphic pencil works. Your hydrant is very nice. I just bought some to use for shading and it takes a little getting used to how they work...too much water and they sort of disappear.

08-06-2013, 12:55 PM
I I just bought some to use for shading and it takes a little getting used to how they work...too much water and they sort of disappear.
I found the same thing Laurie. When I first tried them, I put on too much water too. I find the brush can be just a little damp and it works fine. The only time you need a little more is if you have a large area like the shadows of the fire hydrant.


08-07-2013, 02:21 AM
Ein hübscher amerikanischer "Feuerwehrmann" Anne!
Einen deutsche Version werde ich demnächst malen.

A pretty American "Fire fighter" Anne!
A German version I will soon paint.


08-08-2013, 01:00 AM
I haven't used water-soluble graphite in some time, but it is fun, isn't it? Never thought of adding a color wash, looks great!

I once was hard at work on a frantic deadline project, noticed someone went by a window and she said, "OH, my..." and just stood there. Next person, same thing. Soon a small crowd had gathered, just dumbfounded, and I finally had to look. And I stood there, dumbfounded. Someone had hit a hydrant on the unused side of the parking lot, which created a geyser that was taller than our two-story building! Finally ended up in the crowd outside taking pictures.

As luck would have it, there was *one* lone car in the otherwise-deserted parking area, and the one lone car was directly under this massive waterfall. (That's why the marveling... what were the chances of that happening?) The guy who put it there told me he had borrowed his wife's brand new car that day and parked it far away so nothing would happen to it! :lol:

08-08-2013, 08:46 AM
A great job of painting this fire hydrant. I think you captured it perfectly. Thanks for showing us your technique and stages, Anne.