Lyra Rembrandt Graphite Pencils
Graphite is one of my favourite mediums to work in and I've been on the lookout for a quality selection of pencils to add to my collection. One of my favourite artists, Kelly Smith, frequently draws the most beautiful fashion and beauty illustrations in Lyra Rembrandt Graphite Pencils so I decided to purchase a set and give them a go myself.
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How did the Lyra graphite pencils perform?
My first impression was the quality of the tin and wrap that they came in. 12 graphite pencils of a whole variety of grades, encased in their recognisable black casing felt a pleasure to use and I liked how I could store my erasers and sharpener in the tin as I worked without everything rolling about. I was worried, after using mechanical pencils for so long, that the pencils would need frequent re-sharpening to retain a good point but they didn't disappoint. The lead and casing both felt solid and didn't blunt easily. Even the softer grades retained their point well without compromising on the depth of colour.
The pencils drew smoothly and blended easily allowing me to buff in layers of graphite as well as sketch marks in too. I used my Moleskine for this experiment and it handled the medium well. I loved mixing the softer grades with the hard grades. As I completed my sketch I decided to add in some charcoal and black colour pencil to complete my drawing as I really wanted a deeper black than what was available with graphite.
What did I draw with them?
The result was this moody, smoky Film Noir style Pinup portrait. I like the balance of contrast between the light and dark, and the implied marks in the shadowy areas that still give a hint of visual information even when there's no real detail. This drawing took around 30 min to finish.
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