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post #1 of 6 Old 07-06-2012, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Tips on my drawing please

Hello, I was wondering if I could get some pointers. I took one drawing class 5 years ago, the rest has just been trial and error really. I have a few questions if anyone cares to answer. How do you use the kneaded eraser? Like for strands of hair, or really small highlights you need to make, I read online to use a kneaded eraser and make it into a point. doesn't work! I have even put part of it on the end of a blending tortillion, that helps a little, but not like I see from the online people I got that tip from. So I can't really do hair that looks decent without knowing how that eraser works...

Second, how do you make the drawing look smoother...with no pencil marks on it? I have started making my pencil lay the strokes closer, and it is smoother than before, so maybe that's my answer?

Any other tips you guys can give me would be appreciated, tear my picture apart :)
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and the little round thing with the two highlights at the bottom in his eye was supposed to be the reflection of my sister in his just didn't turn out that way...
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-06-2012, 09:02 PM
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Dont have any tips but would just like to say.... I LOVE this drawing!!

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You are definitely doing well for starting out!! Looks like you have an excellent grasp of space and proportion. That's huge. Kudos to you!! Nice work.

You need more than just one type of pencil. There are all types of leads. The softer the lead, the darker the mark it makes. Using variations of pencils will help you achieve more highlights and shadows with smoother transitions.

If the kneaded eraser wasn't picking up the pencil marks, you were prob using too hard of a lead for that trick to work. If you use charcoal pencils or ebony pencil it will pick up easier, but those are so soft that it's hard to get a lot of detail with them.

Aside from having the right "tack" to create your drawings, it just takes time and feel. There really aren't a lot of tricks to improve your skill, but there are techniques to ea media. It's more about overriding your brain and using your eye. And practice. The more you do the looser and more natural it will feel. Don't get too caught up in trying to recreate every reflection or detail. Sometimes too much detail flattens out a picture and it's a common pitfall when first starting.

Keep it up! You do nice work.

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-06-2012, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, I have 8H-8B pencils, I really only use the HB to sketch my drawing out, then 4 and 6 H for the lighter areas and 6 and 8B for the dark areas. And I use one of the H pencils for the smaller details because they are harder and easier to keep a pointed tip

As for the proportions..I cheated, I did a grid to get things right lol, I figured until I get the feel for proportions I would just use a grid and not have to worry about getting them right
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That's a GREAT FANTASTIC drawing!!!
For a smoother finish, you could use a paintbrush and go over your areas you want smoothing in the direction of the hairs. This is what I do all over my entire drawing. I never used to blend, but I've been experimenting since taking up drawing again and now use blending quite a bit with different textures and equipment.
I do use the putty eraser aswell for highlights and mould it to a point and then 'stroke' my highlights out. But then I go over my highlighted areas again with more pencil and then apply the eraser again and so on... I use alot of layering in my drawings.

The smoothness of your drawing will also depend on the grain of your paper. Have you experimented with different papers? I've found alot of artists that I've personally ran into are favouring smoother paper over more 'tooth' for realistic pencil work. But each to their own of course! Everyone is different and will like different materials.
At the end of the day, the best advice for anyone is just to keep practising and experimenting! Good luck. Do post more of your work.
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