SilverPoint returns and Figure Drawing April 29th, 2019

Enough with the digital! Time to move back in time…. WAY back in time. Time to bust out the silverpoint again.

In case you aren’t familiar with silverpoint – it is the pre-cursor to the pencil. An indelible mark is made with a small piece of silver – leaving traces of silver behind on the substrate. It starts out looking like a very light pencil drawing but eventually ages into a beautiful warm tone once the silver tarnishes.

I like it because you can’t erase and mess around with it. Once the mark is down you have to deal with it (like tattooing). Unlike tattooing you can build it up softly. In a real pinch you can erase a teeny bit if you happen to be drawing on Plike paper.

I ordered some cream colored paper in the hopes that I could add some white highlights. The didn’t really show up and the cream paper is much thinner than the white. I do think it will look really nice though once the silver ages.

Before I went to Figure Drawing I played a little bit.

This is on the cream paper. If you look very closely you might be able to see the white highlights…. but I doubt it.

silverpoint chipmunk drawing

This one is also on the creme paper. No highlights.


and with that… off to figure drawing.

Three five minute poses and one almost 15 minute.

silverpoint figure gestures

Two more poses of about 15 minutes.


Little longer. About 20-25 range.

silverpoint figure drawing female

The last and longest pose of the night. About 40-45 minutes.


There were a couple things that I wanted to smooth out and wanted to even the leg tones out… so I worked on it a little bit at home. (Different light at home. This is on the white paper.)


It’s much slower going with the silverpoint and once again I am back to wondering what I will do with these… but I think I will continue to use the silverpoint for a few weeks anyhow. I like challenging myself and doing something different.

~ by justteejay on April 30, 2019.

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