Testing out the tortillons

I’ve been doing a lot of pen or marker drawings lately, which I find really enjoyable.

To get some change of medium though, I decided to do a quick pencil drawing the other night.

It’s been a while since my last pencil drawing. I also bought a bunch of tortillons recently, which I wanted to try out.

So I decided to use a reference drawing from one of my tutorial books, depicting a young girl looking straight at the viewer.

So I made the oulines with a 4H pencil, going over my preferred lines with a sharpened HB pencil, and started making out different values of shadow using both a 2B and a 6B pencil.

I then picked up a few of the tortillons, and started scrubbing in the shadows and the skin tones.

In retrospect I think the shadows around the mouth became a bit to dominant. There is also a lot of improvement to be done regarding the eyes. Both the pupils and the size of the eyes combined is a bit off, and the hair could have turned out a lot smoother.

I think the nose turned out pretty well though.

Anyway, it was a fun experience to try out the tortillions, and I’m definitely going to pick them up again soon.

This is the drawing by the way:

A pencil person

6 thoughts on “Testing out the tortillons

  1. Tortillons and blending stumps are always so much fun. I tend to get carried away with them at times. When I first bought a little package of them — that’s when I started to feel like a “real artist”. I wasn’t sure what to do with them, but I was excited to try them out.

    1. I too seem to get a bit carried away with them, Judith, not leaving any areas untouched in the end… ☺ I also bought my first tortillons not knowing what it was. I just thought they looked cool, but was to ashamed to ask.. ☺

      1. They really are fun. For me, they’re now one my essential “must-have” items for drawing, especially portraits. Another “must-have” is a white charcoal pencil. I usually do portraits on toned gray paper (from Strathmore) and the white charcoal makes it possible to get the light values and highlights I need.

      2. I can understand why 🙂 I actually have a white charcoal pencil, but I haven’t tried drawing on toned gray paper. Maybe I should buy some Strathmore and have a go with it 🙂

      3. Yes, I think you should! It really is great for portraits since the gray itself provides a middle value. Let me know if you give it a try. 🙂

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