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Question about Mellotex and Graphite

Postby Quwatha » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:16 pm

I like Mellotex drawing paper because of it's smoothness and I can draw my own textures. However, I have a problem with the soft leads just sliding over it and not getting dark enough. Does anyone else have this problem? What am I doing wrong? Pressing too hard? Not hard enough? Not enough layers?
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Re: Question about Mellotex and Graphite

Postby kennyc » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:40 am

That's the trade-off between smoother finish and more textured. I don't really have an answer other then pressure and slow build-up. Maybe others have different techniques.

Bristol Smooth is the worst for me in this respect.
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Re: Question about Mellotex and Graphite

Postby Bev » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:03 am

I love Mellotex and don't have a problem getting darks. I don't use anything softer than a 3B so its just pressure and layering that will get you there as Kenny has said. My Avatar is done on Mellotex and it is really this dark in real life, although a lot of the background was done with graphite powder which I save it from my sharpener and keep it for use on large areas.
Oh and I always keep my pencils sharp, seems they layer darker when sharp.
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Re: Question about Mellotex and Graphite

Postby Quwatha » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:37 pm

Thanks for the replies. Maybe keeping the pencil sharp is the answer.
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Re: Question about Mellotex and Graphite

Postby kennyc » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:50 pm

The thing about Mellotex is that it does have tooth but it is small/little. It seems to me to be between Bristol Smooth and Arches hot pressed.

I just ordered some of Mike's 'new' paper Conqueror (posted about it in the paper? forum - viewtopic.php?f=13&t=6022)

will be interested to see how it compares to others. I still have a considerable stash of Mellotex as I inadvertently got a double order from him a while back.

I do like and did a lot of drawings on the Arches HP ... in fact I did a number of drawing in parallel on both Mellotex and Arches .... they may be threads around here on them.

I need to start a new drawing now that the Street Sweeper is done....maybe I'll try something on Arches again....I do know they definitely require different approaches/techniques with regard to tooth, graphite saturation, erasing, etc.... Mellotex is much more friendly to repeated erasings than Arches....I've ruined many a drawing on Arches from erasing.... :(
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Re: Question about Mellotex and Graphite

Postby Quwatha » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:57 pm

I haven't tried Mike's new Conqueror paper because I have so much Mellotex. I have Arches Hot Press, too, that I may try next. It seems that I get different results every time I do a drawing. I look back at some of my older drawings and wonder how I got the darks so dark. Guess I should keep notes of what pencils I use and in what order.

I work from soft leads to harder leads. Some people work in the different order.

Oh, well, each drawing I do seems to be a question of what is going to work this time.
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Re: Question about Mellotex and Graphite

Postby kennyc » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:38 pm

Maybe I'll redo the Street Sweeper on Arches.... ;) :( :o
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