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  POWER leadJun 12, 2013 4:15 AM PDT | url
 
Added 2 new A* pages:Drew today's pages with a 4B Tombow Mono pencil on Strathmore 300 Smooth Bristol, and--aside from the pretty nearly complete mechanical failure of an eraser I thought might work better on that surface--it worked a lot better than I thought it would! I'd been afraid that the soft 4B lead would smear--I used to get pretty smeary even with much harder and lighter H lead on my previous paper, Canson Illustration--but it didn't, hardly at all in fact; I guess that's because the old paper was a toothier surface and loose graphite sort of pooled in the pits in the surface, just waiting to be smudged around, whereas with the smooth 300 surface, it's either stuck on there pretty good, or not there at all. On the other hand, that lack of graphite-grabbing hollows does mean that you can't get the lead to come out as dark on this paper as you could on a rougher paper--which is why hardcore photo-realistic type graphite artists use a rougher paper surface--but the 4B is still pretty dark anyway.
 
One thing that surprised me about the 4B Monos is that the lead is much thicker! Check it out here on the right, compared with an H Mono on the left:
 
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Boom! That's some power lead right there.
 
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I seem to have run out of any idea I had of how to draw Junior in an interesting way. Ugh. Gotta figure his face out.
 
 
 
 
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