Hey, thanks very much! I can’t say I use anything special. I do my graphite drawings with whatever HB pencil I have on hand (though I prefer using a mechanical pencil, 0.7 mm) and then I might go over a few areas with a 2B pencil. I should let you know that a lot of my traditional pieces are edited in Photoshop before I post! So, yeah, my original works on paper may not differ so much from yours. As a digital artist, I can’t resist editing for presentation’s sake… I sharpen the scan, clean up some things and make various adjustments to enhance the darks, and sometimes I’ll add colour (often for a sepia feel) or a layer of texture (e.g., parchment).
Sorry if this response reaches TLDR status, eesh! I also want to explain that I tried something new with my recent portrait of Benedict Cumberbatch - I set the scanned drawing over a grey background in Photoshop and then digitally added white highlights to make him sorta pop! Now, ignoring my digital process, my drawing technique involves a mix of smudging and cross-hatching, and I’ll do some mark-making with an eraser to finish. Oh, and I draw on rough, toothy paper! I’m terrible with smooth…
Well I hope I’ve managed to give you some useful insight into my work! Don’t hesitate to ask more questions, I really appreciate the interest. Anyway, all the best with your artistic endeavours!
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