Pencil Impressions

Blurry, soft-focus.  Blunt leads, light touch.  An alternative way of thinking with coloured pencils.  Because my drawings have elements of abstraction and realism, I call this style abstract realism.

Spring 160 x 230 mm

160 x 230 mm

Promenade 190 x 250 mm

190 x 250 mm

"Fascination" 200 x 265 mm

200 x 265 mm

Love Story 200 x 230 mm 2015

Love Story
200 x 230 mm

Transition 217 x 425 mm

217 x 425 mm

These five drawings are from the last couple of months.  To see other drawings in this category, please visit my permanent page, Subject 3:  Mixed Media Impressionism


12 thoughts on “Pencil Impressions

  1. John Z

    Hi Julie. John Z here from the States. I just love, Love, LOVE your out-of-focus art and am trying to perfect my technique with it but just cannot seem to get it right. Yours is especially intriguing as you can actually “see” the picture amongst the blurring. You are my heroine! 🙂

  2. Barbara La Belle

    Hi Julie,
    I finally get it. I have been struggling with the concept of soft focus for a while. But the light literally came one with your latest post. I am so use to having a vey sharp point on my pencils. Never even thought about blunting the tip to get a softer look. Along with your tips on light pressure and complementary colors I think I can finish my piece now. Thanks so much.
    Barbara in Texas

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      I’m glad to be of help, Barbara. You don’t need to physically blunt your pencils for this sort of work. It’s just that you don’t need to keep them super-sharp either. So start sharp and when they wear down, don’t be in any hurry to resharpen them.

      Think RANDOM marks and lots of them. Surrender the control that you use when you are doing in-focus work. So, hold the pencil very lightly (even hold the far end of the pencil or use a pencil-extender to make the pencil more of a brush-length) and let it skate lightly over the surface of the page.

      There are lots and lots of light layers of ‘skating’ pencil which result, in the end, in a blurry drawing.

      It is really quite the opposite of the sort of drawing that is done with heavy pressure – the sort where not a thread of the paper underneath shows through. This is gentle pressure, random marks, letting the pencil almost go where it will. Think of the web of a spider and how light that is. Think of making marks like that web – but just lots and lots of them.


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