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Graphite, a Why and What

Let's talk monochrome drawing. It is boring or maybe not.

​Ancient Greeks believed in dualism. Everything has to sides. Logic and emotional. That means every our so called "cold and logic drawing" supposed to have a second side of the medal.. emotional side. And on our lessons kids and adults prove it every time they picking a graphite pencil in their hands. This week we draw a cityscapes with pencils in our school. Kids are doing amazing job! Every work is so unique.

The graphite pencil or grey led pencil is the very first tool kids are learning to use. It makes easy-to-erase marks what makes it undeniably favorite for beginners. ​Graphite is a natural form of carbon, yes they are siblings with the diamonds. It was first found in England in the 16th- century, when it was mistakenly called "plumbago", the Latin for lead ore. This is why the pencil core became known as "lead", despite there has never been any actual lead involved.

​ The proportion of graphite to clay make the hardness: hard leads are labelled with letter H and soft ones with B. Drawing pencils range from 9B to 9H, with HB and F(firm) pencil in the middle. We usually use from B-2B.

​Graphite is available in others forms besides well-known wood- encased pencils: water-soluble graphite blocks, powdered graphite, graphite sticks, coloured graphite blocks.

​Where is the whole fascinating world in drawing and many artists choose a graphite as a primary media. Like for example Paul Cadden... and about them we are going to talk on Saturday. Do not miss out!

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