Pencil Weight and Pressure

15 September 2014

One thing I’ve always struggled with is pencil pressure. This little exercise from artists.pixelovely sounds just perfect for sorting that out.

I’ve always put a lot of force behind whatever pen I was holding. As a kid my handwriting absolutely sucked. Like, really badly. It was only after switching to biros made an instant difference that I realised what the problem was; I was pressing far too hard for the fountain pens that they make you use in school. The nib kept scratching and catching on the paper surface, taking my handwriting with it (you’d think snapping a nib might’ve been a hint at the time). When using biro the paper would curl up until I wrote on the other side.

My construction lines don’t fare much better. I tried switching to a 2h to make it more difficult to get graphite on the paper but I still haven’t got the hang of it. Hopefully doing this quick little exercise on the train each morning will help.

The idea is to shade in 3 boxes with different shades of grey, increasing by one per day until the end of the month. I’m not sure how to fit 30 boxes all in a row on a piece of A5 but I’ll figure that out when I get to it.