“The challenge is to draw a portrait that is more realistic and alive than a photo. Being able to feel every fibre of the paper when applying the graphite, similar to a needle on a vinyl record, is an incomparable sensory experience in art.”
In order for surfaces to gain a more natural texture, Markus Klein uses the HB for extremely fine hatching to resemble the skin’s pores for example. Afterwards, he deepens the shadows and intensifies dark areas with softer pencils. He uses the PITT Oil-Base extra hard to further carve out microscopic details like eye lashes or the structure of the iris.