I was a toddler when Mom first put a pencil and paper in front of me, hoping it would keep me quiet. It worked pretty well, I guess, much to her dismay. From that point on, my childhood was one long cluttered wake of pencil shavings, wadded-up mistakes, and endless doodles on paper. There was something about a drawing or two on the walls, but I was set up. I’m innocent, I tell ya!
As an adult, I did many different things, through the years, I had several jobs with different local companies as rather an advertising artist, illustrator, and draftsman. I’m old school, from the wooden drawing board days; with t-squares, angles, pencil, pen, and rule. But I’m not a purist; I’ll often clean up scans of my pencil works, digitally. I’ve created a few things in Fireworks software; it’s cool, just not really my thing. I like the feel of the pencil, and the smoothness of the paper.
I’ve tried other mediums, but graphite was my first love. It’s still what I know best, and my favorite ‘go to’ tool in the box. However, if you really get into it like I do sometimes, graphite dust can be kind of messy. After an evening of drawing some of my darker pieces with woodless pencils, I’m smudged and smeared from head to toe. I look like a chimney sweep.
But it is so nice to leave the harsh world outside, put on my headphones, and dive deep into a crisp, and cool, fresh sheet of paper. It’s marvelous.
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