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pencils: pencil grades

By Muse | July 21, 2014
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Whether doing a quick sketch or study or rendering a finished piece, the sort of pencil you need depends on its hardness. Harder pencils (sometimes called drafting pencils) make a lighter line and are better for sharp lines and defined edges. Softer pencils are darker and...
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An Artist A Day, 4/16/13: Amy Brodie, graphite

By Muse | April 16, 2013
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Thanks to Addie Boswell for writing today's post. Amy Brodie’s pencil drawings of small objects are highly intricate, and she can work on one for many days. (Drawing in the window today at Muse Art and Design was a treat for her; with three small children at home, she doesn’t often get five hours to concentrate.)...
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An Artist A Day, 4/5/13: Boz Schurr, graphite and colored pencil

By Muse | April 5, 2013
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At a glance, Boz's intricate style of carefully shaded values and deliberately placed colors might be perceived as decorative and almost whimsical. The contrasting values, rainbow colors, and interlocked shapes clearly suggest something prismatic made up of many parts. Viewers who look more deeply into Boz's compositions, though, will sense a more serious and thoughtful...
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