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Pencils, Which One to Use?

I, myself use a variety of different pencils from the beginning of a drawing to the end. I always start with a non-photo blue pencil to build the image. Some artists use a red lead. Either is fine as long as it is different from your final lead. That way you can distinguish the different lines. A mechanical pencil works best for fine lines and small details. I use an F lead but also an HB lead sometimes. They are both about the same level of darkness for line making.

For shading, I recommend using good old fashioned wood pencils. I prefer Faber-Castell (unpaid advertisement). I rarely use H leads (like the infamous 2H pencil from school). I stay in the B range. The graphite shows up well and they are easily erased.



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Which Eraser Works Best?

I don’t have anything against a Pink Pearl eraser except that they sometimes leave streaks on your paper. I prefer to use a vinyl eraser. Truthfully, the type of eraser you use depends on the mistake. For a smaller area, use the kneaded eraser, for larger mistakes use the vinyl or gum eraser.

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!! Now go sketch!


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What is a Blending Stick?

I teach art at a local elementary school and my students all thought a blending stick was some sort of new pencil. It isn’t. It’s actually used for blending the graphite of the pencil onto the paper. They work much better than using your fingers. The way to use them is to use the side of the stick rather than the point.

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People always ask me how I learned how to draw, all the time. “How do you do that?” they say. The answer is easy – practice! And the best way to practice is to grab something random in your house, set it up, and draw a still life. As you draw, pay close attention to the textures, the lights and darks caused by light, the shape of the object, etc. All of these things come into play when you are drawing. Did you bring your sketchbook? Draw!

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Adding Tutorials

In case you didn’t know it, I’m working on a project with my best friend. He is writing a graphic novel and wants me to illustrate it. I don’t mind and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at sequential art. However, there are some challenges. For example, drawing the same character in different poses, coloring, adding dramatic lighting, etc. I could go on and on about this subject because there are literally hundreds of things to know. Comic book illustration isn’t easy. Anyway, many people want to learn to draw but get stumped. They just don’t know what to do. You are more than welcome to follow me. I’m going to create my own program to improve on my skills and I’ll share my learning.

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Editing New Videos

Woo hoo! I tried to upload a video to YouTube and, believe it or not, it worked. So now I have the option of posting on my website OR my YouTube channel OR both! I think I’ll do both. I mean, I am a teacher and I do have the summer off so why not indulge?
I’m working on a foreshortening series starting with hands and then moving into the face. I need work on both. I’m also working on value. It should be fun. I’ll post my new videos very soon!