I just had to share this! I discovered that using these RUBBER tipped "color shapers" for blending can be just the right tool for certain effects. They are really made for painting, but I'm always looking for things you can also use for drawing, and got the idea from a fellow artist. We all know how blending stumps work, but they remove some of the graphite when you blend.
These do not. I've had one for over a year, but I didn't really discover a good use for it until recently. NOW, I'm going to need to buy assorted sizes!
CLICK the LINK to view and DOWNLOAD ALL of my FUTURE REFERENCE PHOTOS: [link]
NOTHING...and I mean NOTHING inspires me more to draw than outstanding photos!!! Have you been in a rut on what to draw? Look through these! I believe that a drawing can only be as great as the photo you try to duplicate. Boring photo = Boring drawing? Awesome photo CAN = Awesome drawing? I have to boastfully say that I've gotten pretty good at choosing a good photo, which is one of the ingredients to a good drawing!!!
I have created a Google Picasa photo album with ALL of my reference photos for FUTURE Drawings, and thought I would share them with everyone. I hunted them down on the web using Google Images, saved them cropped them and adjusted their contrast, so what you see in what I will draw 99% of the time. They should ALL be large enough to see details, and like me, print them as large as I draw them. Feel free to share and download them, draw them etc. It will be growing as I add more to it. Again, it is for my FUTURE drawings.
I also plan to create another with ALL of my PAST reference photos I used in past drawings. Hope it helps you?
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I've had a LOT of people ask me about this tool my dad gave me, and everyone wanted to know where I got it. Well, he gave me the box this weekend and I Googled it and found it on EBAY ($14.99 US) here: [link]
I thought I would share some of the tools I use. Starting from upper left is a Magnifying glass my dad found at a garage sale. I think it's for making your own fishing tackle? It's got 4 alligator clips for holding stuff!
Pencils of course. I have tried many kinds, and prefer Staedtler Mars Lumograph for their predicable results!! Yeah, it matters!
A make up brush for removing eraser bits, shavings etc from my drawing. Below that is a TUFF STUFF stick eraser, great for the wisps of hair I did on Reese Witherspoon's hair, highlights etc. Then there are the SOLID blending stumps. I like those better than the hollow rolled up tortillas. Kneaded eraser of course, but also this stuff called Blu-Tac (aka sticky tac) used for hanging posters without nails on the wall. GREAT for lifting straight UP without smudging. Like re-whiting the key-highlights in the eyes, etc. A cotton round for blending (sometimes).
A sandpaper stick for removing graphite from caked blending stumps, and sharpening a pencil to a needle point (I use old paper for that too). The clutch pencils, also known as Lead Holders. I use those for special use areas, with their tube sharpener to the bottom-right of them.
The other 2 clutch pencils I use for holding a nail, and a needle, for scratching the paper. The metal file is for sharpening the nail. See my tip guide for a full explanation at [link]
The pencil extension lets you use the pencil down to a friggin nub! HA
The small brush for removing debris. The Paintbrush looking thing below that is called a "color shaper" mainly used for blending color pencils, but works good when you want to blend graphite WITHOUT removing any, like a blending stump does. It's solid rubber on the end, in the shape of a brush.
Scissors of course, a carpet knife for cutting the TUFF STUFF stick eraser to a knife's edge, electric pencil sharpener, and a mag glass than hands around my neck!
I felt like Steve Martin in THE JERK haha. "The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here! I'm somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday! I'm in print! Things are going to start happening to me now!!" (cut to a sniper shooting at him lol)
I went to visit my parents for Easter, and my dad pulls out this hobby tool he got somewhere and he didn't know what to do with it! I instantly knew what i could use it for. I think it was made for making your own fishing flies and lures, etc?
It has 3 adjustable clip arms. As you can see, I use it for viewing details in the eyes. It allows me to view both the source photo AND my drawing at the same time, but HANDS FREE!!! I'm really diggin it!! YAY DAD!!! Just thought I would share...
From my TIP GUIDE: "A LOT of people ask me, HOW DO YOU COMPLETE SO MANY DRAWINGS? It's because I draw so small! Yes, size does matter in drawing! I read that if you make a drawing just 20% larger, will take up to 50% more time to draw. So a drawing that takes me 10 hours, would take me 15 hours if I only increased it by 20% in size! I spend at least 10 minutes JUST planning the perfect size of the drawing. First, I set my printer on draft setting, and I print 2 or 3 test prints of the reference photo, then I compare them to my past drawings, and based on that, I can pretty much tell how much time it's going to take me to draw!
This helps me to determine how long it will take, and how much detail I can fit into a certain space. I have personally found that the IDEAL size for ME is to keep the total face size between 5 to 6 INCHES from the hairline to the bottom of the chin. If itís TOO big, there are too many details to ignore, it will take forever to finish, and I also find that the larger size affects my wrist motion while blending. If it is too small, then obviously you cannot draw the details. However, there is a perfect size, at least in my mind, which is the perfect compromise of time vs. details allowed. For ME, it is about finding this balance, between the level of details and how long it takes me to complete, because I personally loose interest fast, and want to move on to a new subject. I have my total AVERAGE drawing time down to somewhere between 6 to 8 hours."
One of our 3 girls! She is our identical twin "Lauren" who is a Business Marketing Major. She is still searching for her life's passion. At least 2 out of our 4 children found their passion early in life? I didn't find mine in drawing until I was 46 (2 yrs ago)!!!