Re: pencil weathering

Schuyler Larrabee

Tim's right. You should be aware that there are two varieties of color pencils. Prismacolor
pencils are the Cadillac of pencils, IMHO, and work extremely well on moderately abrasive surfaces,
like wood, and flat painted styrene, and some metal objects. They are chalky in character, but not
as dry as actual chalk. There are also "Derwent" pencils, also very high quality, made in England,
which are more oil-based, and behave differently. I'm not quite sure I can really describe how they
behave, so I won't try, except to say that they do work somewhat better on smoother surfaces.

You'll also see Color-ase pencils. Don't bother.

La vita e breve, mangiate prima il dolce!

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From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On
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Sent: Friday, July 06, 2007 2:49 PM
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Subject: [STMFC] Re: pencil weathering


Not just wooden freight cars. I use pencils to simulate the rubbing
of radial bands on tank cars, to highlight rivets on any car, to shade
or add rust or grime to door hardware, ladder rungs, walkways, etc.
Artist's pencils are pigment based so this is just another way of
depositing pigments, the other ways include spraying, wet brush,
or dry brush. And of course, there's no better way to add chalk marks
than an artist's pencil.

Tim O'

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From: "Garth G. Groff" <ggg9y@...
<> >

I recently sprayed a styrene wooden grain elevator barn
red. I was going
to give it a wash of diluted black paint. Then I had the idea of
experimenting with colored pencils. I went down to the art
store and
bought three high-quality reddish brown pencils, plus a
medium gray. I
randomly worked the individual boards with the pencils, plus some
smudging and the black wash. The result was quite realistic
to my eye
and turned a nice, but unspectacular, structure into
something I'm quite
proud of.

So now I'm thinking that a similar technique could easily
be used on
wooden freight cars. It seems a natural technique for adding color
variation over a base coat. I think this would look
especially good on
yellow or orange refrigerator cars, where replacement of
boards added
quite a bit of variation (see Tony's book).

Any takers?

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