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    Erasers that come on the ends of pencils are generally awful. I bet half your problems go away just by never using those.
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    The Faber Castell "Dust-free" eraser works well for any thing in the H range to about 2B. It doesn't leave bits but the bits will roll into a long strand.
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    I'd recommend getting one of those cheap, battery-driven erasers (e. g. by Derwent). For me, they erase better than any of the "normal" eraser I have ever tried.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vineris View Post
    Erasers that come on the ends of pencils are generally awful. I bet half your problems go away just by never using those.
    I've found that I occasionally have utterly ancient "no. 2" pencils with these erasers.

    AGE makes these even worse!
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    Old HB pencil pink erasers are the absolute worst. I can't remember the last time I willingly used one of those. Anyways, thanks for the suggestions everyone. Glad this is such a universal problem and it's not just that I missed the "basic eraser skills" art class (well, that too).
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    Heavier paper and electric eraser is great if you want use something that can take more abuse.
    Or just draw lighter and use a kneaded eraser, you can also roll it between hands make a point on one end for details,
    its like putty so can mould it into different shapes etc.

    If the papers ripping away its usually due to moisture and erasing over same area too much.
    You can also use a blank piece of paper to rest your hand on so you reduce smudging and moisture and a soft brush to remover eraser rubbing instead of your hand.


    EDIT: also those hard sort of sandpaper like pink erasers are meant for pen 'I think' they rip and the tooth of the paper they really suck,
    and those erasers on the end of pencils are pretty much useless they just break away and even leave pink marks across page, more meant for simple writing erasing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QueenGwenevere View Post
    I just wish someone made kneaded erasers in stick form so I could use them for fine details...
    Kneaded erasers are re-shapable. If you are just using it in brick form right out of the package, you are not getting its true value out of it.

    Pull the eraser gently and smush it back together again. Pull and smush, pull and smush. If it breaks, don't sweat it...just stick the pieces back together again...it is like rubber clay.

    Continue doing this for about a minute until the eraser is nice and soft and warm and pliable and in the shape of a ball. (This process is called kneading, and is the reason they are called "kneaded" erasers...they actually mimic the way soft bread was used in the olden days to erase drawings...before the advent of modern erasers).

    Now that you have it nice and soft and squishy, you can use your fingers to shape it like dough into any shape you need...Make a chisled edge by pinching or pressing onto a table, twist part into a fine point, roll and press on the table to make a rounded end...the possibilities are endless.

    Now, press the eraser down onto the drawing and lift straight up, no scrubbing like you do with those horrible pink erasers. You will see some graphite, charcoal, whatever you are using come off and be embedded in the eraser. Do this a couple of times with clean parts of the eraser, and then, if really necessary you can gently rub lightly to clean the paper a bit more than just lifting.

    When you see that the eraser is getting too dirty from lifting off all that powder, they are somewhat self-cleaning. Simply knead the dirty parts into the center by pulling and smushing a few more times.

    When you feel your eraser has absorbed too much powder (when it starts getting really dark compared with a new one, or when it starts to leave too much residue behind when using it), then you know it is time to toss it and get a new one.

    Hope this helps. When used properly, the kneaded eraser is the greatest thing since slice bread (pun intended )
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    Quote Originally Posted by MephistoLV View Post
    Kneaded erasers are re-shapable. If you are just using it in brick form right out of the package, you are not getting its true value out of it.
    Dude, I know this. My kneaded erasers turn into amorphous blobs within minutes of first using them.

    My problem is that when I shape them into a point, they're a bit too wibbly-wobbly for precision, at least for the kind of stuff I do (tiny freaking details.) I just tried pressing-and-lifting, but it doesn't seem to do much for me except make the pencil slightly lighter, and doesn't seem to affect blue pencil at all.

    I wonder if I can stuff a kneaded eraser into an empty stick eraser tube... Hmmm...

    Or wait, waaaaiiit, maybe if I wrap this gunk around a stick. Kneaded eraser with an armature. Ooh, that might work, gotta go try this now...

    EDIT: Oh my god, this totally works! Found an old crowquill handle, glommed a piece of kneaded eraser over the end, I now have a fine point of kneaded eraser with enough firmness to easily zap those pesky tiny details... Yay! I'm so adding this to my pencil case!
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