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    Question Help!: Smudging and how to overcome it

    Hey guys

    Heres the problem. How do you guys overcome unwanted smudging and "dirty" looking pencil sketches/drawings? I like using a pacer as I like the "feel" of it and also Im lazy and cant be bothered with continual sharpening of pencils.

    I am currently using a 2B pacer and I have a strange feeling that it has something to do with it and Im thinking of buying a lighter pacer.

    Ive already got a collection of pencils ranging from 2H to 8B. Will sticking to them reduce smudging and clean up my works? Should I become friends with the pencil sharpener?

    Any advice to how I can reduce my smudging problem would be greatly appreciated.

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    Wearing a glove can help this. Also, don't put your bodyweight against the paper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nat_is_me View Post
    Hey guys

    Heres the problem. How do you guys overcome unwanted smudging and "dirty" looking pencil sketches/drawings? I like using a pacer as I like the "feel" of it and also Im lazy and cant be bothered with continual sharpening of pencils.

    Nat
    If your too lazy to sharpen your pencils, get a mechanical pencil, then all you have to do is bother yourself changing the lead...

    when you've finished your sketching, why dont you just erase the areas of unwanted smudge?;
    or get a spray fixative;
    dont lean your hand on your page too much;
    use an HB or B when quick sketching;

    pretty much common sense dude...

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    Slip sheet + kneaded eraser = prevention + correction

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    Blue + Molly: Cheers for the input

    Elwell: I never heard of a kneaded eraser, so went down to the local art shop and bought one. And I must say I love it Never knew such awesome things existed and so simple...wow I really am a Noob Cheers

    I smudge no more!

    Nat

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    you know

    when I first started.. I had such a huge problem with this, it got on my nerves so much.


    Eventually.. I realized. It's a sketchbook.

    a sketchbook.

    I stopped caring, it stopped happening.

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    Noobish question....

    What's a pacer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiral fish View Post
    Noobish question....

    What's a pacer?
    A brand of mechanical pencil.

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    I used to have this problem as well, until I was taught about using a drawing bridge. It is the same concept as the mahl stick, except that it sits on the table and straddles the drawing rather than being held in the non-working hand.
    As the ego shrinks, so the spirit expands.

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    Hmm... Well, this doesn't really help with your current sketchbook (assuming it's the metal spiral-bound type), but I've heard if you use one of those book-style sketchbooks it keeps the paper from rubbing against itself - one way to prevent smudging.

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    it does keep it from rubbing against it self, however, I find the largest problem is the 'carry-over' that happens when you draw on both sides of the pages (which you should do. It saves so much money/paper). For that I usually get a nice wire-bound 70 page book that's about 3 bucks at teh W-Mart and the pages are heavyweight. It doesn't carry over hardly at all.

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