Getting to the Point

Top Tip

To all amateur artists out there who use a pencil I say ‘Make it sharp and keep it sharp’. 

If you use a pencil sharpener for that task then ‘dump it, lose it or crush it’. 

To sharpen a pencil correctly you need a very sharp knife, some sandpaper a little patience and a steady hand. Aim to expose a lot of wood and a lot of lead then carefully roll the pencil lead on the sandpaper to as sharp a point as possible. If you can’t spear the pencil through the eyes of an enemy it’s not sharp enough. See the picture.


I say pencil but what I mean is pencils, don’t just use one pencil in a drawing, use all the pencils from 7H-7B. The greater the range the greater the potential for mark making. Always think about which pencil and why.



Why Bother?

A blunt pencil drawing screams ‘Amateur’ and  no one wants that!.

The best reasons though are that with a correctly sharpened pencil you have more options available to you when making a mark in response to the subject and you will be forced to think about why that mark is best. 

Holbein kept them sharp, I keep them sharp and you should too.


The End


REALITY

Reality Exhibition 2014-2015

In 2014 and 2015 I participated in The Reality exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich and the the Walker Gallery in Liverpool. The exhibition showcased the best of modern British realist painting. I wrote a series of 5 Blogs for the exhibition.

part 1 https://scva.ac.uk/news/reality-artist-blog-phil-harris 

part 2 https://scva.ac.uk/news/reality-artist-blog-2-phil-harris-life-in-london-finding-my-style-and-gaining-recognition

part 3 https://scva.ac.uk/news/reality-artist-blog-3-the-challenges-of-being-a-working-artist

part 4 https://scva.ac.uk/news/reality-artist-blog-4-phil-harris-works-in-his-own-words

Part 5 https://scva.ac.uk/news/reality-artist-blog-5-a-day-in-the-life-of-a-professional-artist

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