I have recently begun to explore with watersoluble graphite and I like what it can do! There are both watersoluble graphite pencils and graphite sticks. If you are accustomed to lots of little detail, you may be put off with the graphite sticks that look like a really large crayon. You can sharpen them to a point, but I didn’t want to take the time and I didn’t want to waste an ounce of the graphite which I could save and use as a powder.
Using an illustration board, I began to draw out the basics and started shading rather loosely with cross hatching. It is important to establish your values early and I like to start with the darkest ones first. After some of the graphite had been applied, I took a 4 inch brush, dipped in water and swiped across the portrait. The goal was to establish a wash, but if you over work it, the graphite will disappear.
The process continues as I add more values and apply some water or not until I come to the finished portrait. I like that I can get detailed where I want detail and leave other areas loose and free. I also enjoyed applying the graphite quickly and loosely because the water blended it. The beauty of this product is that it is graphite and when it dries, you can still erase it!!!