Pencil portrait commission

The light sepia pencil, made from high-quality natural oxides, has the highest lightfastness and is ideal for fine, detailed pencil portraits.  Together with white pastel, it is used in the application of light and shade and, combined with pastels of different colours, it can be used to give shade the colour of the eyes. It is usually used with Canson Mi-Teintes light grey paper as a support.

The sepia pencil used to be a very popular material for portraits among artists in the last century, as it allowed them to work with beautiful brown tones. Portraits in sepia pencil often have a very lively and warm texture; drawings made either in pencil, or by a combination of pencil and white pastel, are especially interesting.

Material used in a pencil portrait commission

The sepia pencil used to be a very popular material for portraits among artists in the last century, as it allowed them to work with beautiful brown tones. Portraits executed in sepia pencil often have a very vivid and warm texture; commissioned portraits executed either in pencil, or by a combination of pencil and white pastel, are particularly interesting.

Historically, this material was obtained from the brown ink of the common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) hence its name. The use of this color dates back to Ancient Greco-Roman times, where it was used in writing, up to the modern era, where we can find in many contexts, such as in a pencil portrait commission.

 

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