I’ve been enjoying copying the work of other artists, and so I decided to try this sketch from the great Leonardo da Vinci. I tried a quick preliminary sketch first, with a Caran d’Ache Technalo watersoluble graphite pencil. I wanted to see the lines, so I didn’t hit it with the water at all. I’m finding I really like the look of a sketch done with water-soluble graphite. It gives an interesting depth, and almost gives the feeling of charcoal on my mixed media paper, without so much smudging.
The original work was so beautiful that I had to try again, this time with just a B graphite pencil on the same mixed media paper (just different lighting). I was much happier with this effort.
I look forward to revisiting this one again when I can take more time with it. Such lovely lines in the original! I’m learning so much right now from the work of others. What a joy to try and recreate! I’m enjoying this face challenge so much!
Enjoy your weekend and I hope you dance!