Experimenting

My local art store recently started stocking water-soluble graphite. I was intrigued and thought this might be a good media for value studies. The little tin was so darn cute I bought it. IMG_4498

It's much grainier than watercolor paint. Darkness seems determined by the wetness of the brush. Also it doesn't seem to like layering. The manufacturer claims that it's erasable when dry-- it isn't really. I tested several erasers.

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Here's a quick little sketch to give you an idea. I do love the way the darkest, wettest values pool and run under the brush.