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Vacation Sketches, Part 2 – Graphite

July 15, 2010

Sitting in a café next to the market in Toulon, I grabbed a 6b pencil and started sketching the people at the table next to me.  I had forgotten what a wonderful medium graphite is to work in.  Although it doesn’t look as good on a computer screen as color, I find it gives a wonderfully sensitive line.  For the next couple of days I kept scribbling, first at the market :

And later at an outdoor concert near Hyères (I wasn’t crazy about the music, so it was nice to have something to do!)

9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2010 12:34 pm

    Great sketches! It is freeing, I bet, to use graphite. My hand has seemed a bit frozen lately in public. I really like the spread with the guitarist and the audience, and with the guitarist you really took advantage of the medium – the shading is great!

  2. annie permalink
    July 15, 2010 3:34 pm

    I agree with Dan, Casey. Wonderful lines (and they show up beautifully dark on my computer) and shadows.

  3. July 15, 2010 3:49 pm

    I love graphite sketches and they give a particular impression of the scene. Lovely!

  4. July 15, 2010 4:30 pm

    Love seeing these, Casey. I particularly like the profile at bottom and the guitarist (and guitar). Have you tried the Derwent water soluble sketching pencils? If not, I recommend them and think you might have fun with them.

  5. July 15, 2010 9:27 pm

    I like these a lot, Casey. You convey so much with such simple lines.

  6. July 15, 2010 9:53 pm

    Wonderful sketches! I find myself going back to pencil every once in awhile too. Then I found water-soluble ink for sketching…what fun that is!

  7. judybecklobos permalink
    July 21, 2010 12:50 am

    nice sketches Casey–your graphite drawings are so refreshing!

  8. August 1, 2010 12:46 am

    Wonderful…I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned that I thoroughly enjoy your drawings! They’re expressive and poetic, besides being great! Congrats on your notebook returning, too.

  9. August 19, 2010 10:28 pm

    I love these, they are so spontaneous and fun…

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