Monday, November 4, 2019

Graphite Pencil Portrait


Graphite / 5B

When I was little, my mom scolded me for putting the tip of a pencil in my mouth,
warning that I would get lead poisoning. 
 I got the same warnings from teachers.

Since then I've learned that pencils are not made from lead.
Pencil cores are made from a mix of graphite (carbon) powder and clay.
 They are minimally toxic or non-toxic depending on who you ask.

Graphite 5B

Artists have been using pencils for both quick sketches and finished drawings.
I like them for quick sketches.

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Next up for portraits:  colored pencil


53 comments:

  1. Beautiful pieces, and very interesting I did think they were called lead pencils for that reason.

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    1. Thanks, Christine. How they came to be called lead, I don't know:(

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  2. Such expressive portraits Chris. Most beautiful.
    Interesting about the pencils too.

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  3. Beautifully drawn with your good old-fashioned pencil, Chris! Can't wait to see the colored pencil portraits.

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    1. Thank you, Candy. I can't remember how to use them, but it should be fun:)

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  4. Wonderful pencil portraits, Chris.
    Love love love

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  5. Beautiful portraits! I can’t wait to see the coloured pencil work, it’s something I’m interested in that I’ve not tried,

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    1. Thank you, Laurie. I have not tried them either... Hope to start one tomorrow.

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  6. Mientras no te los comas, no pasa nada con los làpices ;)
    Me gustan tus dibujos, enhorabuena !!

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  7. Your pencil portraits are amazing! It's funny, I am just working with pencil and graphite powder - and for AJJ I draw some pieces with colored pencils - so I am very curious about your next colored pencil portraits!
    I never thought pencils are toxic, I played with them since childhood, I often bit them on the other end :)
    Hugs, Rike

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    1. Thank you, Rike. You do wonderful things with colored pencils:) I've been watching some YouTube demonstrations & see it is not as easy as it looks.
      Anyway, I'm glad the other end of the pencils are non-toxic as well:)
      Hugs!!!

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  8. Hello Chris,
    Fantastic to see these wonderful portrets. So great to see these results of paint with graphite pencil. Amazing!!

    Best regards,
    Marco

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  9. I like pencil portrait, simple very well drawn and with a lot of quality.
    Congratulations.
    Regards.

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  10. Fantásticos carboncillos Chris. Me gusta mucho la primera.
    Te deseo buena noche.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Muchas gracias, Laura. Espero que tengan una buena noche:)

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  11. magic pencil with excellent results...awesome paintings.

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  12. Thanks for more wonderful pencil portraits - I love them all! Ulrike

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  13. Beautiful Chris!
    __ Artistic blends that prompt imaginations... from they that see the fade. This senryu I've added, may draw out that thought. _m

    graphite rubbed
    fingers taunt creative minds
    eyes envision

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  14. These are really lovely pencil portraits!

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  15. Beautiful portrait drawing.
    Happy weekend xx

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    1. Thank you, Sirkkis:) Hope you have a wonderful weekend, too!

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  16. Wow!!finally I found you blog and waht an amzing place!!

    you are an artist right??

    such talented drawnings!

    Very very nice

    wish for you the best weekend and alot of happiness

    Greetings Anita

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    1. Thank you so much, Anita:)
      Yes, I like to paint and draw.
      And I'm happy that you like to hike and travel so we can enjoy your amazing photography!
      Have a great weekend, too!

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  17. As a child I was always told the same thing , some things get repeated so often that somehow they get the status of 'truth' LOL ! Love your portraits without too much detailing but always with a great expression , and the subjects are always so pretty :-)

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    1. Thank you, Jane! At least the good thing about the pencil warning is that we didn't run around with pencils in our mouths.

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  18. Wow,as always beautiful! The first one reminds me of someone and I don't know exactly who, maybe some actress or someone I know☺ Have a lovely evening☺

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  19. Oh wow so amazing darling
    thanks for share with us
    xx

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  20. Were they made from lead originally?

    Wonderful sketches here! So lifelike.

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    1. Thanks, Sandi.
      No, I don't believe the pencils were ever made from lead. I've read that graphite was thought to be lead before chemistry evolved.

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  21. Lovely!! Hmmm...guess people think pencil lead is made of lead. But remember, Van Gogh was partially crazy due to putting his brushes in his mouth (of course, they were oils and many bad things in those days in the mix)!! Wouldn't want you to go crazy!! ha ha

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda:) I shudder to think how oils were concocted back then though they can still be dangerous...

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  22. I use to get yelled at too lol its not like I was eating paste or oil pastels :p

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  23. Wow! These portraits are lovely, very expressive.

    I can also remember getting told off when putting the tips of pencils in my mouth.
    I seem to recall my Dear Mum bought a selection of pencil toppers to get me out of the habit.

    All the best Jan

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