In Appreciation of the Pencil Drawing

Perfection in simplicity, drawings created using pencils are a simplistic artwork, and have a unique way of capturing an essence seen within a moment.

An artist using a pencil learns to hear what language the pencil voices the moment the fingertips touch the pencil. What weight does this remarkable little tool carry? The artist then consciously records this into his creation algorithm; next the fingers wrap around and take their hold, another milestone. This point of connection is one of the pivotal points of the drawing about to unfold. Feeling how the pencil feels in the fingers, an understanding of how this pencil dances emerges. The language is now understood.

Pencil to paper- the merging of human being with drawing pencil, visible on the canvas.

A Pencil Drawing portrait is an intimate experience, the artist is seeing through a different lens, allowing you to be reflected by the dance of the pencil, and the appreciation of the timeless tool.

The artist has an uncanny ability to highlight the beauty he/she perceives, creating through the pencil drawing not only a flattering perspective but interweaving something that is seen through the face, an aspect of personality, a glimmer in the eyes, to which the heart whispers “Wow” in exchange.

Now there are various ways such a pencil drawing can be recreated using computer programming and for what this offers they are potentially very useful. However, allowing an artist to create this with drawing pencils touches a different aspect altogether, quite simply it is like comparing a photocopy of a badly taken photography of an artwork to the original. It is in the meeting point of the elements- the pencil, the subject, and the artist where the true magic happens.

The Year 1564 saw the discovery of the first pure graphite mine, which catapulted the craft of pencil artistry. After centuries of the pencil in the hands of the human race, the art has evolved into a huge marketplace yet still stays true to its simplistic roots. Photographs are given new life after the pencil artist uses it as fuel for the pencil drawing portrait.

There are many variations found today within the drawing pencil market, with artists having a wide selection to choose from and each dancing their own unique dance on the canvas. Yet it is common for many to stay with a few favorites, intimately knowing each one.

In tribute to this wonderful little creator of beautiful creations, I have gathered an assortment of information on the pencil. Now, let us imagine, just for a moment, that the pencil is an active, conscious little thing. It may appear to be inanimate, yes, but definitely conscious.

Let us imagine how clever the pencil is; used by a single hand (well, with no hands) transcending into the environments of bankers, bookies, poets and artist. The pencil is entrusted with recording the most intimate details on the perfumed pages of a lover’s note or the rough notes jotted down by a passionately inventor. A lightweight in essence, the average pencil measures in at seven inches, and holds the potential to create a line thirty-fives miles in length, which is equal to more than two million inches (2,217,600 inches to be exact).

Pencil drawing is a timeless art form, and with the help of technology is expanding a little further. By the submission of a photograph you no longer have to sit and ‘pose’.