The Pencil Logic of MADMEN

ELEVATOR BANK.© 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE, reblog or pin. PITT OIL BASE PENCIL.

ELEVATOR BANK.© 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE, reblog or pin. PITT OIL BASE PENCIL.

I like to do quick sketches when I watch MADMEN, particularly the moments when people are moving through anonymous work spaces. A few hits of the pause button and the race to capture a sense of light begins. I prefer to draw from life, but at the end of the day it is really more engaging to try to create an impression of a fleeting image.

SECRETARIAL POOL. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. Pitt oil base pencil.

SECRETARIAL POOL. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. Pitt oil base pencil.

 

The PITT OIL BASE PENCIL resists smudging, resists water, and has several degrees of hardness. For a subtle black line, it is pretty fabulous. For speed, it flies across the paper and builds shadow rather quickly.

DERWENT DRAWING PENCIL in Ivory Black is another product I use frequently for buttery darks and subtle line work. It works more like a crayon and delivers a matte finish that is particularly nice in mixed media work.

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