Playing with watersoluble graphite - Derwent watersoluble Sketching pencils and Graphitone. It's such a novel concept to me and it's kind of weird, and totally wonderful. I like exploring new art materials.
I did quite a bit of layering. I went over the picture with the watersoluble graphite three times, and in the end i think I overdid the shading on the faces, so I adjusted it in Photoshop. I guess this is an exercise in practicing values and I'm sure I'll do better next time.
I painted almost the entire picture by picking up the colour from the graphite stick using a wet brush and apply it to the paper, because I don't like the washed pencil look.
This is supposed to be a caricature of Apsley Cherry-Garrard; polar explorer and author of The Worst Journey in the World. He was one of the youngest members of Robert F. Scott's Terra Nova expedition (1910-13). In July 1911 he, with Wilson and Bowers, were tasked to find some Emperor penguin eggs at Cape Crozier for scientific purposes. They secured three eggs, which are now in the collection of Natural History Museum, London.
I was kind of experimenting with some water soluble graphite pencils (Derwent Sketching).