Archive for January 2012
Okay so. Sometimes you do a pencil drawing and you really like the pencils, but you also want to darken them a little and make them a little less prone to smudging. This technique works well with anything you’d normally layer over graphite- there is still some left over, so it can smudge. I’ve used this with colored pencils and Photoshop.
It probably seems really straightforward and dumb but yeah. I thought Rosa might be interested. I use a Faber Castell Pitt pen in Warm Grey III, but any grey should work. You don’t need a very dark one- the goal is to darken the pencils a bit and lock them in. I’d imagine that a plain old ink wash with a small brush would work about the same.
Okay so. Start with your pencil lines, like normal. I usually clean them up a little, but not too much.
And this might seem really easy and dumb, but just go over the lines very lightly. I never try to fill them in, just give them a quick brush over with the pen, since this isn’t like regular black and white inks.
And then all I do is lightly erase. I don’t completely erase the pencils, but just enough that I don’t have stray lines from the sketch.
It’s a good option for when you’d like a slightly darker linework, but don’t want a harsh black line. Here it is with colored pencil:
Or, it also makes for a pretty okay line for Photoshop stuffs, especially if you’re looking, again, for a softer line.
Okay, that’s all I got.
Getting all configurated up in this piece. In the mean time, have a lady with a boat in her hair.