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Milkweed pods sketch


This drawing was done from a photo that I’d taken late in the winter last year. I have always been fascinated with the shape of milkweed pods & their shiny , soft “fluffy stuff”. It turned out to be the perfect subject for trying out the Derwent Graphitone water-soluble graphite pencils I’d just purchased. As far as I’m concerned, these pencils are great! Working with them combines the best of both sketching & watercolor techniques. I dont think I could have gotten the “shine” on the silky seed fluff nearly as easily or effectively without having been able to wet what I had already sketched-in , & brush over it. Substrate: Strathmore Illustration Board.

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