Instruction for Charcoal & Graphite Pencil Artists
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I use various tools to blend with also. Each creates a different texture and spreads each medium differently. Using the right blending tool can mean the difference between using a few quick swipes to create the exact look you want, or, re-working an area for hours (or until you rub a hole in the paper) and giving up in frustration. These are some of my blending tools:
These are tightly wound paper sticks with points on both ends.
They are available in several diameters. Use them to blend large
areas of the medium and also to apply the medium directly to the
paper for softer effects.
These are generally smaller and not wrapped as tightly as blending
stumps. They are not as solid as blending stomps and they
create a slightly different texture.
Purchase 1' x 1' white squares at a craft store. Creates
random textural effects for a variety of natural looking textures.
Facial Tissue: Good
for blurring the edge of shadows and softening unwanted pencil
strokes. Paper towels are another choice if you don't want to
lighten the area as much.
with paper brings out the texture of the drawing paper. The paper
you use to blend with makes a big difference in the texture
created. Try wrapping notebook paper around you finger to start
with. Good for separating two objects that have similar values by
using only textures.
imitate smooth textures like skin tones and reflective surfaces
like glass. Also use it like an eraser to lighten large masses of
dark charcoal or graphite. Creates an extremely smooth texture.
NOT FINGERS: I
know some people don't have a problem with it but it can be a
nightmare. I suggest you even be careful touching important areas
of the paper with your bare hands. Your fingertips can transfer
oil to the paper. This oil becomes apparent if it is in light
areas of blended charcoal or graphite. Graphite and charcoal
work exactly like finger print dusting powder, leaving the
incriminating imprints of the person responsible for groping
your paper. (Probably you, but you can yell at the kids if it
makes you feel better.) It is impossible to make a smooth,
even tone with charcoal or graphite powder in areas with
those creative thinking caps on! You never know when you might
come across something that will produce the perfect texture you
are looking for. Try different fabrics - smooth and rough. Just
make sure the materials are clean and the color from dyes won't
rub off on your paper.
One Last Tip: These are some of the materials and techniques I use. I offer these methods as a starting point, to help you achieve a style all your own. I believe there are as many techniques on how to draw as there are people. Never let any instructor or book make you believe that their way is the ONLY way. My theory is - if it works, use it. We all need to keep growing and experiment but keep true to your own vision
Work In Progress
The tape on the
right shows what it looking like after I removed the real masking
tape. I have begun rendering
the tape on the right with a General's carbon sketch pencil and blending with a
tortillon. Using carbon here for the tape will help separate it from the
wood and the paper.
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