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Ep. 19, Page 127
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Comic 1429 - Ep. 19, Page 127

17th Aug 2013, 3:44 AM in Episode 19 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
Average Rating: 5 (2 votes)

Author Notes:

smbhax 17th Aug 2013, 3:44 AM edit delete
A couple sketches from a little while ago in the sketchbook:

I was trying out a Conté pencil that I'd spotted at the local art supply store:

I had no idea what it was, really, only that it was black and something to draw with; turns out that Conté is a clay-based medium, embedded with graphite or charcoal for the black color--this French dude, Conté, came up with it in 1795 as a cheap alternative to pure graphite pencils, which had to be imported from the world's only graphite mine in England, and at the time the English had a naval blockade around France. I got it in wood-encased pencil form, but you usually hear about it in non-encased "crayon" (which may have wax rather than clay, possibly) form.

This black Conté pencil is incredibly dark! Puts any graphite pencil to shame by a good ways in terms of how dark a mark it makes. It helps that the Conté stuff isn't reflective like graphite is; it's totally matte and just looks like...well, like a black hole I guess. So black! It is also very soft--it *does* almost feel clay-like--so it doesn't really do small detail, really picks up the texture of the paper or whatever you're drawing on, and it doesn't erase very well. But if you wanted to have a pencil-type thing that made as dark a mark as possible, you could do worse.


cattservant 17th Aug 2013, 4:20 AM edit delete reply
The Past never lets go of History.
It always leaves it's mark.*

*(Some darker than others!]
smbhax 20th Aug 2013, 1:13 AM edit delete reply
moizmad 17th Aug 2013, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
She could rear-end him, maybe he's not wearing a seat-belt.
smbhax 20th Aug 2013, 1:13 AM edit delete reply
Seat belt doesn't save you from whiplash anyhow!
Guest 24th Aug 2013, 9:20 AM edit delete reply
If this were pixelated it'd remind me of something from Out of This World. Pretty neat stuff.
smbhax 25th Aug 2013, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
Thanks! I was just looking at Out of This World the other day actually, so it probably isn't a coincidence. : )