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Re: Drawing tools (was: Re: How did you become "Paleo Artist?")

I'll also have to agree with Michael and Jim C. here on all their points
(pardon the pun). I mostly use 2H or higher to start all of my graphite
pieces. I usually start with a 7H actually and work my way down to the Bs. I
also use cold press illustration board instead of hot pressed. I like the
'tooth' the board gives you and lends itself to great detailing. Just my
personal preference, mind you.
As far as schooling, I have to say though, going to The ArtCenter Collage of
Design in Pasadena, California was one of the greatest learning experiences
in my life. I was a professional illustrator for about 8 years before
attending the ArtCenter, but my art skills increased dramatically after I
earned my degree. I believe you can't put a price on great educations. I do
believe however you can learn as much, if not more from the other students
you will be learning with. Be a sponge!

Todd Marshall  (Dinosaurs Rock!):)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Skrepnick" <palaeopaint@dinosaursinart.com>
To: "Dinosaur List" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Monday, May 20, 2002 11:13 PM
Subject: Re: Drawing tools (was: Re: How did you become "Paleo Artist?")

> I will throw my 2 bits worth in here as well and side with Jim C, as I
> routinely use
> 2H and higher and almost never anything softer. Harder lead lends itself
> detail,
> keeps a point longer, doesn't smudge nearly as much and has less "sheen"
> it.
> While the B+ range lends itself to softer, impressionistic rendering, it's
> harder to
> "control" on slicker surfaces ( hot pressed illustration board, etc. . .)
> and as far as
> art college goes, it was an "interesting" experience, but most of what
> discovered
> and learned concerning technique and so on , happened well AFTER I left.
> Mike Skrepnick
> > You may well be right.  I've never been offered more than $1250.00 for
> of
> > my pencil sketches, so they're probably not all that good.  However,
> > suffice for my purposes with 2H & #2.
> > JimC
> >
> > John Conway wrote:
> >
> > > Apologies to James and Jordan, but I feel bound to point out that
> > > anything beyond HB (2H 3H 4H etc.) is too hard. I only use 2B and
> > > (to 6B).
> >
> >