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Alessandra Pagliuca
Jan 02, 2022
In MATERIALS LIST
The list of necessary and optional materials for the online course of hyper-realistic pencil drawing. Required materials PENCILS SET Pencils set: 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B. Reccomended brands: Caran D'Ache Grafwood / Faber Castell 9000 / Staedtler Lumograph *For LEVEL 4, add: Staedtler Mars Lumograph Black (4B, 8B) SOFT BLACK PENCIL / CARBON N. 1 carbon / black pencil (soft, not charcoal) Reccomended: Lyra Carbon 2B / Cretacolor nero extrasoft / Caran d'Ache Luminance (black) / Staedtler Lumograph Black 8B PAPER Smooth paper sheets / sketchbook LEVELS 1, 2, 3 - A4 format LEVEL 4 - A3 Format Reccomended: Arches satin 300g / Strathmore Bristol Smooth / Fabriano Bristol / Winsor & Newton Smooth surface / Canson Bristol BLENDING STUMPS and ERASERS N. 1 kneaded eraser N. 1 pencil eraser N. 1 precision eraser (Tombow Mono Zero, rounded) N. 2/3 blending stumps (different dimensions) BRUSHES Brushes set (rounded and flat) Reccomended: make up brushes set (check on Amazon) CRANK PENCIL SHARPENER Pencil sharpener Reccomended: Lebez Truciolo ​(suitable with Faber Castell 9000 e Staedtler) Helix (suitable with Caran D'Ache Grafwood) OTHERS For the trace Squares set Acetate sheets (A4/A3) N.1 black permanent marker, small size (Stabilo Oh Pen S / Faber Castell Multimark) Additional tools Tissue Cotton swab Crank pencil sharpener Cutter White gel pen Pencil extender Optional / Recommended Materials ELECTRIC ERASE MontMartre Electric Rubber or similar, with refills included. SPRAY FIXATIVE Winsor & Newton Spray for pencils and charcoal, or similar. MICROMINE Micromine 0,5, gradation HB. LIGHT TABLE DRAWING Dimension A3 or superior, Useful for creating the trace with the transparency technique. TILTING TABLE Tilting wooden worktop, A2 / A3 format. LED RING LIGHT Useful for illuminating the work area if there is no sufficiently bright environment. PHOTO PAPER FOR PRINTER Photo paper for printer, useful for printing handouts and pictures to draw. Recommended: Canon Pixma A4 size
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Alessandra Pagliuca
May 22, 2021
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A question I am often asked is: Why does the white pencil "slip" on the graphite and don't stick? What are the pencils that I can combine with graphite? What is the difference between pencils and charcoals? Well, the answer is one: it depends on the composition of the mine. Once we understand what the difference is between dry pencils and greasy pencils, everything will be clearer, and we will know how to combine all the materials in a simple way. Difference between dry pencils and greasy pencils I distinguish the two types of pencils to differentiate the different types of mines. In fact, by dry pencils I mean all the pencils that are part of the charcoal category, which therefore have a dusty, oil-free lead. To be clear, by trying these pencils on a sheet of paper, we will feel that the flow of the lead is rough, and we will notice that the lead releases dust and small fragments. With the term fat pencils, on the other hand, I identify all those soft pencils that blend perfectly with graphite, and that can be associated by working on multiple levels together with common pencils. These, when tested on a sheet, are much "softer" and run smoothly. Furthermore, when we cast our hand, they become translucent, just like graphite pencils. Greasy pencils compatible with graphite There are many types of pencils on the market, and I can assure you that in my career I have really tried them all. This is because I am a great experimenter, and as a self-taught over the years I wanted to try on "my skin" everything that the market offered. In the end, my choice fell on some products that fit perfectly with my way of working. For example, when we work with pencil and we have dark areas that we want to black without using charcoal, we can use different tools, such as black colored pencils, or charcoal. Black colored pencils are easier to remove, and therefore indicated in the hypothesis of having to make dark bases from which then extract the lights with precision erasers (such as hair). The Staedtler Lumograph Black, for example, are my favorite, and I generally use 4B and 8B grades. Other valid alternatives are the black pencils of Caran D'Ache Luminance and Faber Castell Polychromos. Carbon, on the other hand, is a more intense and opaque type of "soft black", and for this reason it is used to create full and deep blacks, and is difficult to remove. My favorite is definitely Cretacolor Nero Extrasoft, but Lyra Rembrandt carbon, Faber Castell Pitt Oil base and Contè à Paris coal are also excellent. The white pencils Again it is necessary to make a clear distinction between fat white pencils and dry white pencils, just like for dark shades. When we work with graphite pencils, in fact, we have to use greasy white pencils, for the same reason I described above. The white colored pencils that I most use in combination with graphite are both by Caran D'ache, the Pablo and the Luminance, both of which can be purchased in bulk at any fine art store and even online. Charcoals A completely different story when we talk about charcoals. The charcoals, in fact, are equipped with a dry and dusty lead, and they bond with graphite pencils only by applying a specific technique. If in the pencil drawing we work by glazes, gradually darkening the shades, in the case of a pencil and charcoal work we must instead proceed in reverse. In this case, in fact, the dry part (then the charcoal) is spread first, and then the fat part, because otherwise the charcoal would not "stick" on the graphite, but would slide without leaving a trace. Charcoal, however, is a fantastic tool for creating very dark and intense black works, without having the translucent effect and managing to cover large surfaces. My irreplaceable favorites are definitely the Pierre Noir from Contè à Paris; I usually use two shades (B and 3B) to have different black intensities. I love these charcoals because they are not too dry and have excellent coverage, which other charcoals cannot achieve even after several glazes. Often, however, I combine them with other lighter charcoals, such as Faber Castell Pitt Charcoal Medium and Cretacolor Charcoal Medium. In situations of large coverage we can also help with charcoal sticks. As for the white pencils, however, the same speech described above applies, namely: dry with dry. So in this case we combine white pencils such as clay or pastels. Was I helpful to you? I hope so! My aim is precisely to accompany you on your self-taught path in the discovery of this large and complex world, made up of a thousand choices and a thousand different techniques. If you have any further doubts, leave a comment and ask your question. I will be happy to answer you 😉
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Alessandra Pagliuca
Apr 08, 2021
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Dear students, I welcome you to the community of my e-learning site. In this section you can post your work, request advice and corrections, leave reviews on courses and give your opinion. I will answer everyone as soon as possible, and I will always be available to help you! 😉 Your teacher, Alessandra
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