We went needed to go to the grocery store (woo-hoo, trip out of the house!), and decided to drop by the art supply store. I had a coupon, just itching to be used! I've had my eyes on a set of Inktense, by Derwent.
Here's a link to their website that can explain exactly what they are better than I can. http://www.pencils.co.uk/product.aspx?mid=718
The best that I can describe it as is...they took the vibrancy and intensity of ink, and made a pencil out of it. When you use it dry, it just looks like a colored pencil, but then when you wet it....it comes alive with color!
So far, I have a love hate relationship with them. I must play with them more and more to be sure exactly how I feel. Are they worth the price? (lucky I had the coupon!) Can I learn to control it? Should I learn to control it???? (Oh that just sounded way too much like something Dr. Who would ask. - yes, big fan here. Guess you figured that out from a previous post though, huh?)
Here is a drawing I was working on and started to wet it. The wrist has been brushed over with a wet paint brush...the rest is still the original drawing:
|I'm not sure the photo came out well enough to tell, but there is a drastic difference in how the pencils look before and after being wet.|
You may ask, why the number 3? Actually, that is the letter W in American Sign Language (ASL).
I've always been interested in ASL, and since my hearing has diminished so much in the past couple of years I thought it would be a good idea to learn it....at least enough for Stuart and I to converse. I've been taking a free "course" (I use that word losely, it's not structured) on-line, and I've checked out a few videos from the library (the trouble with the videos...well, I can't hear them!) We also bought a set of flash cards today to see if that will help build our vocabulary.
But...on to the drawings....
|This version has been completely wet. Looks much more like a wash with ink than a pencil drawing.|
|Here I just wanted to show the pencils I used.|
Oh, I also got a new small sketch pad, the paper is 90lb!
This is the greatest, thickest paper I've ever seen in a small sketch pad.
I feel like I'm drawing on Bristol Board.