In college, I had a studio class where we were not allowed to use a pencil sharpener. We had to use a knife to sharpen our pencils, and nearly thirty years later, I tried it again..........it is pretty cool, and am not sure why I ever stopped doing this.
photo Doc Dave
Here is what I learned along the way:
when sharpening a pencil with a knife, you retain more lead if you leave it with a more or less blunt tip.
the blunt tip gives you a softer ore organic line and as you use the pencil, you tend to make sharp spots on it for more finer detaily parts
the softer more organic line is easier to erase and smudge........which works well with the way I draw
Will I do this again.........not really sure, but maybe, but it was fun to go back to something I hadn't done in years, and to sort of pay tribute to a Master.
|the tools of the trade|
|the final piece|