I just started using a vintage Westinghouse number 2 pencil, instead of the Palomino Blackwing 530 which reached the Steinbeck stage. There’s no point in reviewing a pencil that isn’t widely available, but I got a pack of these on eBay for a pittance and they are excellent pencils, so if you’re looking for great, super cheap pencils and don’t mind petrified erasers, give branded vintage pencil listing on eBay a try. You never know what you’ll find.
I decided to work on a monochrome Neil Gaiman watercolour portrait, and I remembered to take progress photos for a change.
The initial sketch was done with a Faber Castell 9000 2H on Bockingford 300gsm watercolour paper.
Then I did some light initial shading (I use Schmincke watercolours):
This is with most of the work done:
Final pass, differentiating more between light and dark:
A lucky find in the Jaffa flea market, three pencils and one coloured pencil made by Jerusalem Pencils, likely in the 70s or maybe the 80s, for the IDF.
I did not like the Blackwing 530 when it came out (too much bling for my taste), but now that pencil that I’ve been using has gotten worn down and dinged a bit an underpainting of verdigris has been revealed, and I love the effect. It’s just a little reminder that I should give things a chance even if I didn’t fall in love with them at first glance (also this pencil is super difficult to photograph, because of the bling, so forgive me for the potato quality photo).
I drew this on a small paper bag with Koh-I-Noor Tri Tone coloured pencils set. Scenes from the Tel Aviv Port market, drawn during an Urban Sketchers sketch walk.