|"Yellow Ochre," silverpoint, 4x6, 2015|
The narrow range of values achievable with silvepoint is only possible with a patient and gentle approach; pressing too hard with the stylus may score the underlying ground, leaving marks that mar the overall value. Further, depending on the softness and adherence of the ground, it's possible to cause that layer to flake or crumble, which cannot be repaired. In making dark values, it seems to me that the best initial approach is to make gentle, circular movements of a beveled stylus, perhaps no more pressure being applied at first than the weight of the stylus and holder. As more and more metal is deposited, more pressure can be applied. Even so, a true black value is virtually impossible, for me.
|"Three old eyes," silverpoint on paper, 2016|