09-09-2009, 08:54 AM
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Heheh, I don't mind questions Liz, I like talking art and how many people can you discuss erasers with?
I think you will like the Bristol, it takes the pencil so much more smoothly, you aren't dealing with paper texture at all. Sure sometimes that texture adds a nice arty look but when you're working tight it makes the job easier. The pencil just sort of glides over the paper, very nice. You'll get it in the first 5 minutes I bet.
I use kneaded erasers exclusively, and they are great, especially for highlighting, but be careful not to overwork an area or it will start to deteriorate the paper, though Bristol tolerates more. You can either remove whole areas of pencil or use them to just lift off a layer, you can even use them to draw negative. But they also do leave a sort of grit that affects how your next layer of pencil goes down, not good, sort of like a regular eraser but harder to see so it may surprise you. I brush it off very gently with a small soft artist's brush.
I don't use any blending tools, but I know the artist stumps as they are called are used by lots of high-end artists, I imagine they would be a good tool to have, you can even sharpen them I believe.
That drawing probably took 40 hours but it shouldn't have, my tighter drawings seem to take forever. I work slow and rework more than I should, am trying to speed up and be a little more correct with my lines the first time.
Can't wait to see your mastiff, what a challenge. You'll do it beautifully I know.
You so don't need to envy my work, you do beautiful work already and it keeps looking better and better every drawing you post.