If an artist/art student, my primary medium or mixed media is:
I am a painter in the realist tradition. I consider myself a storyteller with images instead of words. These stories may be the "once upon a time" type, or they may be the story of how the light falls on a certain day at a certain time. As with most art, my goal is to evoke a feeling, memory or thought in the viewer.
I use silverpoint just about the same as a plain old pencil except that it's better not to erase assuming the ground used will even allow erasing. Depending on the ground you may be able to erase a silver line but what you're really doing is picking up the ground and the line comes with it. So it's better to not erase at all and be ready to live with whatever line you put down. Any smooth paper on the heavy side works well. I usually use a bristol board 2 or 3 ply, hot pressed watercolor paper works too. Coat that with a layer of ground. There are a few commercial brands but I use plain old everyday gouache. It's a bit soft but I've found that you can mix regular gouache and acrylic gouache to make a pretty nice surface that's a bit tougher. The silver is just a sterling silver wire that is available at any jewelry supply store. Nothing particularly special in anything I use. It takes some getting used to and is a pretty slow medium, definitely not meant for sketching. Darks have to be built up layer by layer and you have to think about what you're doing. It really doesn't show up very well in pictures but it has a nice subtle quality nothing else has which is why I use it. Besides I've got all this silver wire, what else am I going to use it for? BTW just about any metal will work. Copper is rather nice too.
Thank you and thanks for dropping by. Glad somebody likes this stuff. There's more and newer things at my blog. As to toned paper it definitely can add to the mood. Originally I just liked using it because it gave me an automatic mid-tone to work from. Now I think of it more as a part of the whole, especially for the finished drawings meant to be seen.
You are very talented! I enjoy viewing your work. Your paintings are spectacular and drawings are exactly the stlye that I strive to achieve. I see you like working on a variety of tinted paper as well as myself. That just gives the composition a certain mood automatically does it not?
I just wanted to tell everybody that I have been accepted into Argonne Gallery. It's a new place at 101A West Argonne just across the street from the Kirkwood Train Station. The official public opening of the gallery is August 9 but it's open right now. So if you're in the neighborhood drop in and take a look around. I have three pieces there now, two silverpoint drawings and a small oil.