Dry Media

Dry media paintings or drawings are representations of forms, objects, or ideas on a surface, drawn by hand with dry pigments, usually compacted in forms of sticks or pencils, like pastel, graphite, charcoal, etc. 

Drawing allows one to transfer passionate moves on the foundation very quickly, and to do it without interruption for a long while, without any concerns for liquids.

My favorite dry media are pastels, charcoal, and graphite:

  •  Pencils - I prefer 4B to 9B woodless and mechanical graphite pencils, .5mm, .7mm, 2mm, and .7cm diameter. Graphite is the most stable form of carbon, and a form of coal.
  • Sticks - I prefer non-pressed very thin or chunky deep black charcoal sticks. Sometimes I make my own by burning dry branches from the orchard without oxygen. Charcoal is the lightweight black carbon and ash residue hydrocarbon.
  • Pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints. The binder is of a neutral hue.
    • Hard pastel or conte crayons based on Earth pigments are my favorite;
    • Soft pastel I use for life figure gesture drawing and as an overlay on watercolor. The main challenge with with professional grade pastel is to find the precise pigment content to identify lightfastness. Only a few brands in the world provide sufficient information.