A collection of pencil and silverpoint drawings.

Notes on silverpoint:  These drawings were made using a silver stylus, which is a narrow rod of pure silver metal held in a conventional mechanical pencil.  Marks were drawn on an acrylic ground specially formulated by Golden® for silverpoint.  This ground was coated onto either birch plywood directly or onto Bristol board paper, mounted on plywood.  The initial marks are gray, but will gradually turn darker as the silver undergoes its normal tarnishing.  Drawing with silverpoint is similar to pen & ink; the marks consist of thin lines which cannot be erased.  Silverpoint emerged as a popular drawing medium in the early Renaissance, but soon gave way to the graphite pencil we all know today.  Fortunately, the medium has found enough practitioners over time to keep it alive and well.


Pencil Drawings

Silverpoint Drawings