Traditional Pencil Technique
Knowing what medium to choose for your project can be tricky. However, the team have a broad range of artistic skills and mediums at their disposal, and working in pencil being one of them. We offer this as a fantastic medium choice for our clients which suits a variety of anatomy projects.
So Why Choose Pencil
Pencil is one of the simplest and most efficient means of communicating visual ideas, it has a timeless appeal and pencil drawings do not seem to age or appear out of date. A good pencil drawing of any subject matter has as much appeal today compared to any other medium.
Drawing is a form of expression and as artists we can capture this in the finished artwork. This is a unique and engaging format to use for a project. Form and depth can be achieved through shading, blending, adding tones of dark and light. For medical art especially, measuring the dimensions of a subject while blocking in the drawing is an important step in producing a realistic rendition of the subject. A pencil medical illustration alone can highlight a particular meaning, add a tone or character to a client’s individual project.
We have been chosen to produce medical illustrations in pencil for patient education materials to describe female anatomy and IUD placement, as wall artworks for a company providing Orthopaedic surgery, to illustrations of weight lifting exercises for an American Journal on Exercise. The finished results are that these illustrations look artistic and yet still professional and at the same time retaining a form of expression where an artist has been able to include emphasis on observation, problem-solving and composition. It makes for not only a very attractive illustration but an educational one all rolled into one.
What’s Our Process
We create all drawings so that they are individual to each project, completing unique artworks to suit each client and to ensure a new perspective. Our process of working in pencil is to first and foremost use only the highest quality artist’s pencils. Utilising the entire range from 8B to 6H to get precision so that we can blend with even coverage and achieve quality shading which is needed for drawing anatomical subjects. We use Bristol board paper which we find is the best drawing paper for pencil because we prefer the very smooth surface. Paper smoothness determines the fineness of detail and the range of values we as artists can achieve regarding depth, shading and form.
The team certainly make use of the full range of tonal values in pencil, to ensure the medical drawings have a lifelike quality and they show realism and anatomical accuracy. Even extending the use of pencil by combining the pencil artwork with digital media and adding colour as highlighted areas.
Contact the team if you want to discover fresh ideas, gain expert assistance with your project, receive illustrations that are engaging & relevant, feel free to contact us at any time.