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“On the Waterfront” is the third drawing of a series about seabirds around the port of Fremantle. As most of the drawing is out of focus, I require soft use of pencils to create blurriness. A tool which is very helpful in achieving this is the pencil extender. Though it is actually made to put nearly-used-up pencil stubs in (so that the pencil has a longer working life) it is also great for use with full length pencils. If you look at the way I am holding it in the photo below, you can imagine that I don’t have tight control of the pencil. Rather, I am using it in a way that is extremely loose – resulting in barely-there marks on the paper. Doing enough of these sort of wispy marks builds up a gentle haze of colour. It is a pencil equivalent to a wash (watercolours) or a linseed oil glaze (oil paints).
While I was working on this drawing I received a packet of blenders which I had ordered from the United Kingdom. The blender is made from a mixture of oil and wax and contains no pigment. It is used to blend colours and burnish them. If you click on the photo below to enlarge it, you can clearly read what it says on the packet about the blender and its various properties and uses. It is made by Caran d’Ache.
Information on the blender and pencil extender is repeated on my Art Materials page.