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Trogo Bakfal Subgo 6th Chant in Tasblish by PearsonMoore2
Trogo Bakfal Subgo 6th Chant in Tasblish
Trogo Bakfal Subgo, the Sixth Chant of Tasfit, rendered in the original Tasblish in the Ashinian alphabet.
Trogo Bakfal Subgo transliterated by PearsonMoore2
Trogo Bakfal Subgo transliterated
Trogo Bakfal Subgo (Purple Sky Blue), the Sixth Chant of Tasfit, transliteration of the original Tasblish chant.
Tukloth Eftan 20161010 cPM LQda 150 dpi 1200 pix
Tukloth Eftan (The Gates of Dawn), graphite drawing of a human vulva, created at the invitation of The Guardian newspaper. I used my standard set of pencils (Mitsubishi Hi-Uni and Faber-Castell Castell 9000 graphite pencils D5, D8, D12, D16, D20, and D24) on Canson Mix Media 130 lb. paper. I place a "strict" content warning on this, so I don't know who will be able to see it.…
Myeerah by Peter Ortiz LQ 125 dpi
Myeerah of Hawk Clan, protagonist of Cartier's Ring. Illustration by Peter Ortiz, commissioned for Cartier's Ring in 2011. I commissioned this portrait as the cover illustration for my first novel, which Inukshuk Press published in 2011.
Kathy Evolution LQ 125 dpi
The Evolution of Kathy Augustine from a university track and field athlete (javelin specialist) to hunter to warlord to commander to Troku Tomvik (Commander in Chief of the Armies of Verdos). Illustrations by Chris Rallis, commissioned for Deneb (Book VI) 2013.
I started drawing just over two months ago. I was surprised that I could faithfully render images in graphite, and even more surprised that I could create images from multiple models, as I did with the Neandertal skull and some figure studies. Me, an artist? I would have considered the idea a bad joke not even 10 weeks ago, but apparently I can do it. Another artist friend shrugged his shoulders. "You're a novelist, Pearson. You sketch images using words. Now you're using pencils. You've changed media, that's all." He has an interesting perspective, and perhaps there is some truth in his thought.

As I increased my technical range, I began to notice things that bothered me, or at least raised my curiosity level. For instance, I noticed pretty quickly that graphite tends to have a higher reflectance (becomes shinier) at higher density or application pressure. This isn't surprising, based on what I know about the structure of graphite dust, but the discovery led me to other questions. Why, for example, did my Derwent 2B pencil seem to have nearly the same darkness value as my Derwent 4B? Did I just get a bad lot of pencils, or is narrow value at high B numbers a quality of Derwent pencils? Do other manufacturers suffer the same narrow range?

I bought a few pencils and was surprised at what I found. Taking the question further, I built testing equipment so I could compare one pencil to another without subjective bias. I'm looking for input from graphite pencil artists on the kinds of pencil qualities I should investigate. I will be looking at graphite darkness (value), reflectance, reproducibility, value range (from 4H to 9B), breakability, friability, colour, and value v. application pressure (measured as grams then converted to Newtons). What other measurable qualities should I look at?

Building test equipment is not new to me. Over the last 40 years I've occasionally had to build R&D equipment when no commercial equivalent was available. I created a sheeting device out of an aquarium tank, for instance. This was an apparatus that allowed me to study glassware sheeting phenomena during the wash process. Some years ago I was working with benzoyl peroxide and was tasked with quantifying its effects. The problem here is that pure benzoyl peroxide is explosive when dry, so it is shipped in 30 percent water. I had to create a high-humidity chamber so I could weigh the stuff accurately, water and all, without the water evaporating during the weighing process. That was maybe the most challenging device I created, but accurate, reproducible pencil testing devices have proven only slightly less difficult. I look forward to your ideas about pencil testing!


Pearson Moore
United States
I was born in the fourth year of my life, my birth delayed by the meagre circumstances of my parents, who were itinerant disposable razor repair technicians. I died in an unfortunate accident when I was fifteen, but it was the famous conundrum of 1957, now the subject of jokes, in which the plane crashed on the U.S.-Mexico border, and the survivors were all buried in Mexico. Luckily, I was not among the survivors, and therefore I was not buried. That was my first lucky break, and I have had several since then. Needless to say, I feel lucky to be here, participating in one of the best art websites where everyone takes their work very, very seriously indeed. No silliness at this website. No, sirree.

I published my first book, "LOST Humanity." You can read about the book here:… and you can purchase a copy here:

I am a regular weekly contributor at Dark UFO:

I will be writing a weekly blog starting April 17, 2011, at

These are some of my websites:

My first book, "LOST Humanity," will be published in 2011. My first novel, "Cartier's Ring," will be published in 2011 or 2012.

NOW that I've given you all this nifty info, I demand an answer to the question that must be one everyone's mind:

Just what in the Sam Hill is a "Devian Tart"?

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tessabe Featured By Owner Edited Jul 23, 2016
This account yes, my art account no. I just have to remember which e-mail I used or make a new account.

I've found tigonderoga and cheap novelty pencils have the darkest lead. You could make a device similar to the automatic pen that became the prototype for tattoo guns. Instead of pricking the paper it could just replicate the movement of one master pencil. You could probably work it so several work at once. It's a thought anyway.
PearsonMoore2 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016
Hi Teresa!

Dixon Ticonderoga #2 (HB) is darker than several other HB pencils, but by no means the darkest HB. The Ticonderoga #2 has a darkness of D7, which is actually a little below the average HB darkness of D10. The darkest HBs I've found are the General's Semi-Hex HB and Conté à Paris Graphite HB, both with darkness value D16. Since darkness varies so much between manufacturers, and since some manufacturers' quality control is poor, I tend to look at darkness, softness, and pressure insensitivity (D, S, and P) as more useful values than grade classification (HB, 2B, 4B, etc.), at least for my work.  So, for instance, my "current set" of what I call five-dimensional pencils consists of Castell 9000 F, Mitsubishi Hi-Uni HB, Castell 9000 3B, Castell 9000 8B, and Mitsubishi Hi-Uni 6B. These are not random choices. I chose these 5 because these pencils have darkness values of D4, D8, D12, D16, and D20, which probably makes sense intuitively; I can use these five to span the complete range of darkness values, and transitions from one pencil to another are smooth. But actually, softness and pressure insensitivity are important factors, too. It's possible to choose a set of D4, D8, D12, D16, D20 pencils that give poor transition from one pencil to another. I've found the key is to include pressure sensitivity, and P9 to P11 seems to be just about the right sensitivity for a set of 4 or 5 pencils. The P values for my "Current set" are P9, P9, P9, P9, and P13. The only outlier is the Mitsubishi Hi-Uni 6B (D value D20), which has a high pressure insensitivity of P13, but for such a dark pencil, P13 is actually pretty low. If you've ever tried a really dark pencil, you may have noticed that it tends to give a dark line no matter how softly you apply graphite to paper. This is called pressure insensitivity--the pencil is insensitive to pressure, giving pretty much the same darkness no matter how hard (or light) you press. Most D20 pencils have pressure insensitivities around P18 or P20, so P13 is just about the best you can find in this darkness class. If you're wondering where I got all these D and P values, I took several months to measure them, using equipment I built. It's all laid out in "Pearson's Graphite 2015," which gives a full analysis of some 24 variables for 379 commercially available pencils. You can find more advanced information on pencil characteristics in the "Technical Graphite" gallery at my Deviant Art page.
tessabe Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016
Thanks I've been using copics more than pencils lately, that's good information.
PearsonMoore2 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016

I'm glad I could be useful! I know a lot about graphite, but nothing about anything else, so I have no idea what copics are. Co-pictures? Something that adds to a picture somehow? Well, if it's better than graphite it's gotta be good. :)
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NudeTaylor Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Wonderful work! 
PearsonMoore2 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016
Thank you!
NudeTaylor Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
You are welcome!  If you like my look and ever need reference photos, I would be honored to give some to you from my private collection.  I have thousands that are not posted on dA (that also fully show my face) - everything from classic nudes to highly erotic.  Please let me know your thoughts and keep up the great work! 

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