Thursday, 23 February 2012

Water Soluble Graphite Pencils

My art classes were studying tortured artists  this week: They used water soluble graphite pencils to re-create the pictures. Derwent have a tutorial on using the water soluble pencils at the link.
Derwent Water Soluble Graphite Pencils Tutorial
Water Soluble Graphite Pencils
Nothing beats water soluble graphite pencil for drama and impact, and this pencil can create all the dramatic effects you could wish for, and more. Used dry, the soft, wide strip is perfect for loose, free sketches and bold line drawings but add water and you’ll bring a totally new dimension to your work. Watch the graphite gently dissolve into subtle tones, adding softness and charm to any style of drawing, The Derwent pencil is available in three versatile degrees, light wash, medium wash and dark wash. They are about £1:60p each.

Three of the art works studied were:
Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

Frida Kahlo's life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. She gave her birth date as July 7, 1910, but her birth certificate shows July 6, 1907. Frido wanted the year of her birth to coincide with the year of the beginning of the Mexican revolution so that her life would begin with the birth of modern Mexico.
When Frida was six, she developed polio, making her right leg much thinner than the other. She had a road traffic accident when she was a teenager this gave her lifelong health problems.
Frida had a volatile marriage with the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera
Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.

Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear, Easel and Japanese Print

On 23 December 1888, van Gogh confronted Gauguin with a razor blade, but in a panic, left and fled to a local brothel. While there, he cut off his left ear, though it is often claimed that it was "only" the lower part of his left earlobe. He wrapped the severed ear in newspaper and handed it to a prostitute named Rachel, asking her to "keep this object carefully." He staggered home, he was later found by Gauguin lying unconscious with his head covered in blood.
The Scream 
Edvard Munch was born in a rustic farmhouse in Norway. His family moved to Oslo in 1864. Munch wrote about his Father, "My father was temperamentally nervous and obsessively religious to the point of psychoneurosis. From him I inherited the seeds of madness. The angels of fear, sorrow, and death stood by my side since the day I was born.

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