Silverpoint is an ancient drawing technique used by artists in medieval times, but is new to me.
I have a tiny silver wire attached to a pencil.
When dragging it across an abrasive surface (such as paper covered with white gouache) the wire leaves a microscopic trace of silver.
It looks pretty much the same as a pencil but is cooler, since the silver will oxidize over time and become darker.
Another difference is that it cannot be erased.
I have started drawing a silverpoint self-portrait as a home assignment in a drawing class I am taking.
Because the trace is very thin, usually silverpoint drawings are quite small, the portrait below is about 10x10cm.
It is going to be a long process so I am posting a result of about 3 hours of drawing
Ok, this is me. I think I am getting old…