Delphinium, a graphite drawing in progress, by Karla Beatty
This drawing ably illustrates the versatility of graphite, from outline to full rendered drawing. Even local color can be represented with varying tones of gray, which can be achieved in layers using one hardness of graphite, or more comfortably, using several hardnesses of graphite.
There are a lot tutorials for graphite work on line, but one of the best artists in graphite, who resides locally but exhibits internationally, is J. D. Hillberry. His graphite works are so convincing they seem 3-dimensional. Want to see how he does it? Click here:
Graphite is perfect for creating form studies and form itself. It can be used under watercolor and colored pencil. Try out this versatile medium, which comes in handy wood barrels or in bare sticks of pure graphite. Yours to explore.