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post #31 of 34 Old 07-03-2010, 12:41 AM
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I just want to say that we have yet another talented artist in here!!! Bravo! I try to avoid backgrounds with a passion and have nothing to offer you with regard to advice in drawing water. I do agree with the others that you should experiement with darker tones.

I typically use a mechanical pencil (I think .7 mm HB lead). I use q-tips for blending the first couple layers, then go over the drawing again with the mechanical pencil for fine detail work. I sometimes use 7B, 8B and 9B graphite pencils for some of the really dark tones for the finishing touches. I have a kneaded eraser, but probably don't use it nearly as much as I should. I typically just use the eraser provided on the I have what's called an ebony pencil, but I very seldom use it. As far as paper goes, I typically like smoother paper and have recently fallen in love with bristol paper which is also thick and less prone to crease lines and wrinkles. Sometimes though, I use a more toothed paper. It all depends on the effect I wish to achieve at the time.

The enhanced image you presented looks really nice and I am sure with a little practice you will master darker tones in no time. Still, i just think the drawing is so lovely as is and I have no doubt the recipient of the drawing will agree. I hope to see more work from you in the future!!!
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post #32 of 34 Old 07-04-2010, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Toadflax!

Equusketch, thank you for the kind remarks and revealing some of your techniques. I've seen your work and it is so stunning!

I have never thought to use q-tips, I think I'll give that a try. I've gotten in the habit of using tortillions or blending stumps, whatever you call them. Do any of you use those, too? I'm going to order some darker leads and some Bristol paper. Hopefully I'll be able to really wow you guys with my next work.

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post #33 of 34 Old 07-04-2010, 07:26 PM
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3Neighs, I use paper blending stumps with my pastel work, and sometimes with charcoal, but not usually with graphite. My styles I significantly different to Liz's though, I don't blend any of my strokes in to get the effect of hair, where as Liz blends but gets a hell of a lot of depth to her work.
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post #34 of 34 Old 07-06-2010, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Interesting! I'm curious to see how my techniques fare with a different kind of paper.

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