Changes often need to be made to a drawing - new shapes cut into existing drawing; elements added to restore balance; key highlights that need to be cleaned or sharpened; or perhaps grass or foliage that needs to be cut into background areas to increase depth. This video covers methods to achieve all those things... and introduces you to creative erasing, where the eraser is permitted to suggest form and texture.
WHAT YOU GET...
Using dedicated pencil erasers, this video explores their uses in creating shapes in already applied graphite.
Through grey to white
Discover a popular method of cutting white lines through lightly applied graphite - perhaps to create fly-away hairs.
Mike shows you how the hairs in the body of this Old English Sheepdog's leg were created - with a soft art eraser.
Cutting shapes into blacks
Wish you'd left a shape or two in an area of very dark drawing? This method achieves that. Cut shapes into heavily applied 4B with a kneaded eraser or Blu-Tack.
Kneaded erasers and Blu-Tack are equally good at holding a point or sharp edge for erasing shapes. Both are compared.
Discover the power of creative erasing. Let your eraser suggest form, texture, and lighting. The results often surprise, and surpass anything you might have consciously thought of.
Mike demonstrates the creative erasing of a section of old tree, and its branches and leaves. With advice on how to define and refine the result.
Mike explains how he created additional leaves and twigs in an area of completed drawing - in this case, to distract the viewer away from a hidden rabbit.
Try this exercise in creative erasing. Make marks and let those suggest the subject and content. Just let it grow as it unfolds under your eraser.
Example of creative erasing
To get you in the mood, Mike displays a number of creative shading exercise results from his students at Drawspace.com - and offers advice on using it in a stress-free manner. Just enjoy!