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Coffee, Anyone?

step-by-step graphite pencil drawing by david te


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Medium: Graphite Pencil
Paper: Canson Grain Paper
Size: 25 20 cm (10" 8")


Stage 1

I started a new piece, this time of a coffee cup, creamer and sugar bowl. It is included in a series of five drawings called "Coffee".

After sketches were made on newsprint, I transferred the finished outline onto a clean sheet of paper.
Coffee Anyone - 1 - Still Life Pencil Drawing
Stage 2

I started the mouth of the creamer using 4H or 5H wooden pencils leaving the white of the paper as highlights. For the darker part of the porcelain, I used 0.5 mm HB mechanical pencil. I used 3H for the second layer. With it still undone, I moved on to the handle. I repeated the same procedure, 3H over 5H or 4H. And then with a cotton bud, I blended to create a shiny effect, I hope.
Coffee Anyone - 2 - Still Life Pencil Drawing
Stage 3

I began to render the flower design of the creamer by using 5H and topping it off with a 0.5 mm HB mechanical pencil. Then I blended using the cotton bud.
Coffee Anyone - 3 - Still Life Pencil Drawing
Stage 4

I began the coffee cup by covering the area with a 5H wooden pencil to smoothen the paper. Then I used a 0.5 mm HB mechanical pencil for the darkest part of the cup. With a 0.5 mm 2B mechanical pencil, I did the printed band design. I'm also using an H wooden pencil and a blending stump and cloth. Then I topped it off with 5H pencil again.
Coffee Anyone - 4 - Still Life Pencil Drawing
Stage 5

I continued working on the cup and then started on the handle using the same tools.
Coffee Anyone - 5 - Still Life Pencil Drawing
Stage 6

I started the saucer and the printed band design using the same tools.
Coffee Anyone - 6 - Still Life Pencil Drawing
Stage 7

For the spoon, I used a 5H wooden pencil and 0.5 mm 2B and HB mechanical pencils. Then, I blended it with a stump.
Coffee Anyone - 7 - Still Life Pencil Drawing
Stage 8

Using the same tools, I am nearly finished with the sugar bowl.
Coffee Anyone - 8 - Still Life Pencil Drawing
Stage 9

I've finally finished the sugar bowl and retouched the creamer (the bottom part).
Coffee Anyone - 9 - Still Life Pencil Drawing
Stage 10

I made a countertop using a rounded brush (sort of) to put in the first layers of graphite powder. Then, with a thin medium-sized brush, I put in more graphite to the counter careful to leave a lighter portion to create a rounded edge. I did the side which is darker than the top. Finally, the shadows at the base of each china are established.
Coffee Anyone - 10 - Still Life Pencil Drawing
Stage 11: Finished

For the background, I used the rounded brush again to apply the initial tones and also the thin one to add more graphite powder to the background. I added some finishing touches here and there. So, here it is. Thank you for viewing.
Coffee Anyone - Finished - Still Life Pencil Drawing

Step-by-Step Pencil Drawing Summary

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