This tutorial will help all of you discover or understand better the misteries of traditional art. Some of you may have started drawing digitally , then traditionally - this tutorial will explain how to use traditional tools/which are the tools for great results :)
Okay , so many of you may have started drawing/painting digitally and then trying out their skills on paper. (For example,that's my case).
If you want to get really good at drawing traditionally you must know how tools can help you. :)
This picture shows off some of my tools for drawing on paper (in order) : different pencils (1)5B,8B,6B,H , (2)larger pastel pencils - 2B & 4B ,(3)6B graphite , (4)mechanical pencil , (5) sharpeners & erasers) , (6) homemade blending stump/tortillon , (7) markers & black liner , (8) sepia dark charcoal pencil , (9) gel liners.
If you want to find out more about these things keep on reading! :)
Pencils : There is a large variety to choose from.Never be afraid to experience , that's how you ''find out'' good results you could never think of.
As you see in the scheme , the harder pencils (ranged from 9H to H) are the pencils that can be erased more easily due to their ''brighter'' tracing on the paper.They are ideal for sketching or for lighter parts on the drawing.
The softer pencils (ranged from HB-which is actually a medium pencil between the harder & the softer pencils - to 9B ) are more dark and soft. They are ideal for blending dark areas , for shadows etc.
I tend to prefer these ones :D
The pencil pastels are just some larger pencils than the usual are , with a smoother pastel feel . They are great for drawing on larger areas on the paper :D
The graphite are again pencils , but these are specially designed for drawing , unlike the ones for writing (normal HB ones). I have a couple of these aswell for the sake of variety & mix. :D
You all know what sharpeners & erasers are. But you may not know what a kneaded eraser is :
Finding the perfect eraser/sharpener can be a problem. There is no rule to help you do that...but:
Normal erasers are great for erasing large areas (of course,not only-it depends on how good you manage working with it) . When your eraser gets all dirty just rub it onto a table or a harsh material to clean it. :D
Kneaded erasers kind of look like gum :D But be aware that they are not eatable :))
They can be used for pencils AND charcoal drawings. They can be shaped however you like to get pointed (or not) erasers :D Pointed kneaded erasers can help you erase small portions a normal eraser can't. (like a shading on eyes,lips,ears,hair,water,trees,clouds etc).
Tortillons / Blending stumps are used for...BLENDING! (pretty unpredictable,huh? ;) X :))
They are used for blending small portions of a drawing.
For blending large portions try use some tissues , (i even sometimes use toilet paper xD ) or any fabric that doesn't have a texture.
You can use textured fabrics if you want to experience with cool shapes/textures on your drawing.
They can be either bought or homemade (the tortillons):D
If you guys want to learn how to make your own tortillons check out
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Markers : Sometimes mixing tools give better results! I like to use markers for very dark areas or to give a higher contrast to the drawing.Whether they are colored or just black , small or large..they can't do any harm if you use them wisely :D
Charcoal pencils : As many of you already know , charcoal is something really different from normal pencils. It can be erased only with a kneaded eraser , it is darker than graphite , it smudges off more easily etc. Charcoal is a whole new different technique.
But you can also include it on your mixed work but remember , first put the charcoal layer , then the graphite layer or the charcoal won't 'grab' to the graphite.
Graphite tends to reflect light more than charcoal :P
Gel liners / normal liners:
I usually use light & sparkly grey gel liners to highlight the eyes,lips,hair..or any portion i like to highlight :) (NOTE: DO NOT TRY OT HIGHLIGHT THE WHOLE FACE WITH GEL LINERS or it will come out as a huge mess :D )
Dark liners : I use black smooth liner for eyelashes on portraits or any small details on landscapes/portraits/abstract/etc.
Paper : Another item you have all the freedom to experience with , as the different tipes of paper give you different results :)
For larger drawings you can use 50 x 70 paper (which usually comes rolled on). The larger the paper , the bigger the exploring space :D
Grained paper gives you more texture & is usually great for watercolor works :D
Smoothly grained paper - non grained paper gives you a super smooth look to your drawing :D
Also try colored paper , you can never know on what your pencils would look better :D
Oh , and to mention : try using something that's really comfortable for you either it's a big sketchpad , a small sketchpad , a 50x70 paper etc.
Of course , there are a lot of other mediums to talk about , but that would take me a whole 'nother tutorial.
Just to mention , i love using watercolor pencils & pastels (favourite brand -caran d'ache) & oils :D
Hope you guys learned things from this tutorial and found it helpful :)
Always there to help you,