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Cool Sketching Technique

Thanks to my art teacher Calven for teaching me this technique.


For quite a while now I have been using a interesting technique to do the backgrounds of my sketches. This technique creates a nice smooth effect. This is good, because it allows for you to go over it with an eraser and add in details that would be impossible with a pencil, such as wind, light leaves, and faded trees. I have not been able to get a video of this until now.


This technique involves 2 steps - application and distribution. For the application step, you take a stick of charcoal or graphite and use a knife to shave of fine grains of charcoal/graphite.




For distribution, you can use a tissue to distribute the fine charcoal/graphite grains so that they blend into the paper. By doing this, you will have achieved the smooth effect.




Anyway, I think that this technique is very useful, and it really makes my sketches pop. One thing I like to do is make a jagged eraser outline on my sketches to make them pop even more.


This sketch, is an old one I did of Makkhan the cocker spaniel puppy - where you can see that effect.


I just wanted to share this with you guys, hope you enjoyed! Check out my Instagram to see more examples of sketches using this technique. This is the sketch featured in the videos.

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