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06-05-2012, 10:35 AM
While camping, I didn't want to go outside to sharpen my graphite pencil and so I remembered you could tone your paper with graphite and add with pencil or subtract with eraser. This I did by sharpening right over the paper and found that an image could be manipulated quite easy. I then did a few more and got to like the effect. Brought this into ArtRage and then taken a step farther. This method seems to work quite well for creating at least a starting point for a composition. Indeed, I find that it's quite easy to get a good composition this way. I suppose because of working out the form in the early stages. I don't know if it's a factor but Newsprint (Strathmore) seems to have just the right texture for this with the added benefit of being cheap. Which I am! :):) BTW I found out that you don't need to tone the paper with graphic powder if you don't want to, Just using the broad side of the point of a graphic pencil (preferably one that has no wood around it) to make broad strokes to start and then smearing it with a paper towel or your finger or whatever works quite nicely.
Using a kneaded eraser is the real key to having this work. Great for making highlights, its very easy to remove graphite this way.

06-05-2012, 10:39 AM
Hey Neal where is it lol Ive done that before:):):):)

06-05-2012, 10:48 AM
The very 1st of the method Scan and finished product done in AR.


06-05-2012, 10:50 AM
Sorry Pat, this new up-loader has me stymied for the moment. You have seen the 1st ones but I have a new one coming.

06-05-2012, 10:52 AM
No 2: Many of you have seen this too.



06-05-2012, 10:59 AM
This one is very complex. However, it manifested itself almost right away and I just had to get it out of there. This one
I haven't manipulated much in AR. I did enough to be enhanced to my liking however.



06-05-2012, 11:33 AM
Here is one that I didn't do much to in AR other than to enhance the brightness and contrast, but rather I wanted to show the compositional aspect. I painted over the original pencil scribblings with Oil Pastels of which I have a cheap minimal set and am nothing but a novice at best. One forgets that things can't be made lighter after they've been dark very easily! :):)
But I could have just as easily used it as a reference and done it in AR or scanned it in and painted it.
Anyway, I think the composition is OK (my opinion) and it was a very very rough thing to start. I do remember thinking it wouldn't amount to much early on.


06-05-2012, 08:37 PM
I really love this thread and what You get with such an approach!

06-06-2012, 12:04 AM
Love the idea of these well done:)

06-06-2012, 06:19 AM
Neal... I love the concept of natural media and scanning and reworking or adding with AR...I must get my scanner working or atleast I guess I could just take photos with my DSLR.. and go from that... anyway this is a great thread... fun to see what comes out..

06-07-2012, 12:50 AM
Beautiful work dear Neal:):)

06-07-2012, 02:58 PM
I really love this thread and what You get with such an approach!

Thanks Caesar, I hope to pass it along so others might try it out.

Love the idea of these well done:)

Thanks to you Katie!!

Neal... I love the concept of natural media and scanning and reworking or adding with AR...I must get my scanner working or at least I guess I could just take photos with my DSLR.. and go from that... anyway this is a great thread... fun to see what comes out..

Thanks Gary, give it a try or use the camera. I think that would work.

Beautiful work dear Neal:):)

Thanks Amanda, I'm so glad you like it.

06-07-2012, 03:02 PM
Here is a Cityscape using this method. This time I just used the drawing as a ref (shown below) and painted in AR from scratch. I hope you like this...



06-11-2012, 05:12 PM
Thanks again for all your great comment. I have a new painting nearly ready to post but once again I'm strapped for time (mostly music and other things.)

06-11-2012, 09:33 PM
Excellent work Neal!!!

06-11-2012, 10:14 PM
These are great Neal, well done:)

06-12-2012, 12:23 AM
You definitely found a fantastic approach for expressing Your talent and creativity!

06-12-2012, 04:51 AM
Neal, these are fantastic, what a great job on all of these

06-12-2012, 06:46 PM
great explorations Neal. enjoyed them all.

06-12-2012, 11:56 PM
Great stuff in this thread! I have just begun to doodle with the graphite tools and this is very inspiring, thanks!

06-13-2012, 04:59 AM
Great thread! Love all the painting, very lovely:)!

06-18-2012, 09:18 AM
WOW! awesome :)

I love the veggies, and everything else as well ;) ... thanks for sharing, jibes!

08-02-2012, 04:07 PM
Thanks so much for your response! I really appreciate it and I hope some of you try this method. It works quite well.
Here is one that I didn't put much effort into and I think I like the sketch much than the finished product. And, I don't remember if I did it from the sketch as a simple ref or brought it in and enhanced it. I think it was the 1st. I had done it in early June so I don't recall. Anyway, I hope you like them.

08-02-2012, 04:17 PM
"Quiet Bay" seems like a nice title but I wouldn't want to try to enter it with a boat when the sea is stormy! Just started from a very crude Notanish sketch. I just used the sketch as a ref from the sketch book and then scanned it in later. Seems more real that way.:)

08-02-2012, 04:25 PM
Great additions Neal, really like this thread

08-02-2012, 04:27 PM
Thanks Pat, glad you like it!

08-02-2012, 07:01 PM
I think You found a Main Street in Your artistic mind architecture and we find many marvellous places along it. Extraordinary good artpieces!

08-03-2012, 03:05 AM
jibes ... I really thought I'd commented on this thread in the past but can't find any so I must have been making mental notes to say, there's a wealth of insight into graphic technique and the whole is a visual reminder that the joy is in the journey itself ...

08-03-2012, 04:01 AM
Neal... I am really liking this technique... I especially like your color choices and the one with the two waterfalls is very vibrant and one of the best of this series..:):)

08-03-2012, 08:49 AM
I love the last one:):)
Beautiful colors and amazing atmosphere

08-03-2012, 09:55 PM
Excellent work Neal, well done:)

08-06-2012, 09:33 AM
Thanks to Caesar, ChinaPete, Gary, Silvy and Katie for your comments and also to any who viewed my work.

08-06-2012, 12:35 PM
I love these Neal, beautiful works!

08-28-2012, 08:56 AM
Thanks so much Sandy!