I had been to one of my favorite art supply stores. It’s one of three oldest remaining in Paris. It is very small. I always like the ones which are tiny but organized.
There is the perfume which excites, a melange of pencils, cardboard and that scent paint gives off which in itself is a marriage of several things. The close quarters gives the feeling of being in a warren similar, with variations, to what each artist will return to with their treasures.
I stood behind a woman whose slowness made the wait seem interminable but which was indicative of the personal service offered up to each customer.
While waiting I grabbed randomly, a fistful of pencils by a company that I knew to be good but had yet to try.
My turn, the heat had made me drowsy. When I’m old and shrunken, if it’s not busy, I will ask to curl up and sleep atop one of the taboret like a cat. For now though, I went afterwards to Marc’s to wake up with some ice cold sancerre and good conversation.
I did not immediately give any of them a try, nor did I even know exactly what I had grabbed. They were all various “B” (soft lead) pencils.
I greatly enjoy Blackwing Palominos, which i would describe as semi soft with a creamy property. I constantly mix it up with what equipment I use but there is always a Blackwing in my kit too.
The Lyra 669 5 B is made in Germany. It had an easy glide across the paper. I noticed that the first portrait I used it for on 9×12 70lb paper, it had a very graphic look.
I have a thing for pencils which have their own distinctive voice. It’s great fun to learn when its specific properties will best suit collaborating with me on a piece in the same way a musician uses specific instruments for certain type of song.
9×12 quick sketch portrait