Week 2 - Derwent Graphitint Tinted Graphite Pencils. I heard about these first on one of my YouTube watercolor channels and then more recently on The Art Supply Posse podcast. I found a good price for a new complete 24 pencil set on ebay.
The graphite pencils in this set are in assorted muted colors, that are perfect for nature drawings, landscapes, and portraits. I made a few wildlife drawings in my nature journal and a Gettysburg landscape, but I haven't experimented with drawing portraits (drawing portraits will be one of my projects this year)
I liked the way the finished drawings looked, with the texture of the graphite pencil strokes showing through the washes created after activating the graphite with water. I got the idea for drawing the Maryland Rockfish and the crappie from a YouTube video demonstration on how to use the pencils. My father fished for Rockfish on many Chesapeake Bay boat trips with his buddies while we were growing up. He also took us fishing for Crappies from the Beckleysville Bridge on many summer nights.
One of the things I want to create is a journal of bird drawings and paintings, so that prompted the drawing of the Bluebird. For the landscape drawing, I used one of my film photos from a day at Gettysburg last winter as reference material.
Next up in Create-A-Thon 2017 - Nicole Premieré Dual Tip Markers from A.C.Moore.