Near Home, graphite, 9 x 14.5"

Near Home, graphite, 9 x 14.5″


Do you just love the look of a really well done pencil drawing and wish you had the patience to draw one yourself? Me too!

I love the look of pencil and I especially love creating in pencil.  While I find drawing meditative, sometimes I don’t enjoy filling in those base uniform layers of my work.  Creating  detail with pencil is awesome and I love how the strokes can shape an object. However, at times I wish that I didn’t have to shade and smudge the pencil in an area before I add detail. For one, I am not patient enough to do all that work only to smudge it. For another, I find it quite messy and I always get it all over my hand and then other parts of my drawing.

Years ago I saw the Art Graf water soluble graphite at the art store and thought that it was just black paint. I didn’t really pay much attention to it because I love watercolor and I love color. I had not worked in graphite for many years. I did rediscovered my love of pencil a few years ago and have been doing more graphite work since then. And what is really wonderful about teaching a drawing course, is that I notice drawing materials even more. So as I was exploring new drawing materials, I again came across the Art Graf graphite and thought I would at least give it a try.

And you know what? I absolutely love it! It is like painting in watercolor. It allows me to create loose and dramatic skies and base layers of graphite for my drawings before I add the detail.

YouTube Video:

I did review the Art Graf product and created a video about it for my drawing students but thought I would post it on YouTube and share it with you.  The scene is from the area where I live, which as an artist,  I find to be very inspiring. Soooo many creative possibilities.



Process Photos:

This first one is just the water soluble graphite before I added pencil strokes.


Here I start to add the pencil strokes.


Near Home Final

The final drawing


If interested in trying out the Art Graf water-soluble graphite, you can head over to Amazon and purchase it in my storefront at

And yes, I do get a commission on the sale.  I appreciate the support you offer me and my business. It allows me to keep doing what I love and to keep me trying new products to share with you. Thank you.

The drawing is also available for purchase on my gallery website at

Another session of my drawing course, Draw 365, will be starting June 1. Registration opens April 15.

Leslie Lambert

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