Example of a portrait drawn in graphite pencil
Many people perceive graphite drawings to be a “quick” alternative to a painted portrait. I would totally disagree with this opinion. My graphite drawings are drawn in great detail and take a considerable number of hours to produce. My drawing method allows me to portray subjects with sensitivity and feeling and it never ceases to amaze me how much depth and details can be reproduced with just a graphite pencil. I find graphite particularly useful for portraying black or dark coloured animals.
My graphite portraits are drawn using several grades of high quality graphite pencil on premium quality artists paper. I maily use Mellotex, which has a very smooth surface but do also use either Saunders Waterford or Fabriano Artistico paper if I am looking for a different 'finish'.