Hey everyone and happy first Sunday of March!
I have to say that though February is the shortest month of the year, it actually went by pretty slowly for me - anyone else feel the same? Overall February was an ok month for me, had some ups and of course some downs but I think overall I would have liked to have achieved more of the goals I initially set myself for the month. But the great thing is that I know exactly why I didn't achieve those goals, what my distractions were and hopefully that knowledge will help me accomplish all that I set out to in March!
Anyways, today we're not talking about goals, achieving or anything of that sorts... we're doing a first impression! I've done quite a few first impressions on my Youtube Channel in the past but this is my first time doing one on a blog so it's a day full of firsts! If you've been reading my blogs for the past few weeks you may remember that I did a post on a package that I got sent by a lovely brand called Hahnemühle and in that package they had included a set of sketching pencils (which I totally was not expecting but was a wonderful surprise!).
The sketching pencil set is called: 6 Artist Sketching Pencils
The set comes in your usual hinged tin and contains 6 quality graphite pencils of different grades. You get a H, B, 2B, 4B, 6B and 8B. I've done a little swatch below so you can see the different grades - H being the lightest and 8B being the darkest. Now, I haven't used graphite properly in years and I mean YEARS so I was incredibly rusty but decided to do a little sketch of a sphere to see how the pencils performed.
The sketch took about 20-30 minutes in total and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised!
I used a blending tool to try and achieve a smoother gradient (which I kind of achieved but I know I could definitely work on that a bit more) and then also used an eraser for the highlights. The graphite blended out nicely and the pencils were true to their grade so overall it was a really enjoyable experience and it also inspired me to want to do more graphite drawings!
Hope you enjoyed this quick little first impression and let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations of arty mediums that you love and think I should try out as i'm always on the hunt to try new things.
Have an amazing weekend everyone and a fab week ahead!
- Meg x