Showing posts from April, 2013

Lemon attack!

Sweet and sour lemons.
They're coming from every direction, fast and furious.
Seriously, life's throwing lemons like there's no tomorrow!
In some sort of defensive response, I find myself very very busy catching them in the hope of making some sort of lemonade!
(Not really liking lemonade and having no firm idea what a good lemonade should taste like is not helping!).

So, I'm juggling! Juggling the little lemony things,  juggling them into a fusion of harmonious mixes, working out delicate blends of sweet and sour that would knock even Jamie Oliver and Michel Roux's socks off!

There's no hiding place right now, a fighting smile the answer.
The day life's' lemons forget about "moi" is near.
Until then it's a stoic chin-up, warmish smiles and making darn sure to remember the little things in life really are the very best.

Short Drawing Tip #4: Dust don't Blow

Always resist all temptation to blow dust, graphite or eraser debris off of your drawing.
It is all to easy to have little particles of spit hit the paper!

Brush your paper clean.
The best way is to use a soft bristle brush.
Any soft bristle brush will do.

I use a draftsman dusting brush which can be found in all good art stores.  (I like the size it covers a wide stretch of my drawing in one swoop!)

Tip #4

Never blow on your work to remove eraser debris or dust but use a fine bristle brush.

In case you've mist the first few SDTs, here's where you can discover more:

Short Drawing Tip #1: Paper Choice
Short Drawing Tip #2: Warm-Up
Short Drawing Tip #3: Protect your Paper

Short Drawing Tip #3: Protect your Paper

This is a very simple short tip but one I hope you will find useful.

The contact made by your hand on the paper will leave a greasy film.  The natural oils in your hand will rub off and leave a fine film over the paper.
This change in texture is very difficult to work on, to draw on and should be avoided at all costs.
I use a piece of tracing paper, I like the smooth feel and the fact that I can still see through it, which I attach to my drawing board, not directly to my drawing.

Tip #3
When drawing always use a hand-guard to protect your paper from smudging and grease.
Hope these snippets of info are being beneficial to discovering a little more of the behind the scenes on how a drawing comes about.
Coming up over the next few weeks will be more simple short tips relevant to pencil choice, blending, getting darks dark, starting point, layering but until then you are very welcome to check out

Short Drawing Tip #1: Paper Choice
Short Drawing Tip #2: Warm-Up