Sunday, September 12, 2010
While wandering dazed through the cavernous realm of Eckersleys Art Supplies in Brisbane this week, I stumbled on a product called Liquid Pencil by Derivan. It's a sludgy, grey ink that can be applied with a brush and dries looking exactly like pencil. I stood in front of it for, oh, about five minutes in mini-crisis. Was it a gimmick? Did I really want pencil in a bottle? On the other hand, could this be the product I needed to catapult me to a higher plane artistically? In the end my inner child won and I took it home to play. (After paying for it, of course!) It actually is enormous fun. If (like me) you like pencil drawings but (also like me) you're dead lazy - I mean efficient - and dislike spending hours doing graduated shading, this stuff can tone drawings in a flash and works well with actual pencil line. Here's a piccy where I used it as a wash, drybrushed it on, and flicked it. They're not paying me to write this. No sign of the higher plane yet but I'll keep using it and see what happens.