ERASING to FINE TUNE
Fine-tuning involves infinite adjustments of values. Harness the power of partial erasing. It offers a subtlety of result that drawing alone cannot always achieve. Learn how to lighten over-dark areas without destroying the detail; maintain full control over detail by fading to the desired values; and create lighter areas within dark.
These methods are an integral part of the way Mike works. Partial erasing creates secondary highlights, recession in expansive scenes, adjusting and fine-tuning values in general, and has a host of other uses too. This video introduces you to methods that achieve all those things... and more.
WHAT YOU GET...
Don't think of erasing as removing unwanted drawing but of removing graphite
. This extends erasing to the adjusting of deliberately over-applied graphite, and the fine-tuning of values in general.
Fine tuning of values requires the partial removal of a layer of graphite. Mike explains why some erasers cannot perform this efficiently, and introduces you to the most suitable erasers.
Erasing to Lighten Values
The first of three erasing technique sections. Mike demonstrates the basic technique that permits removal of a partial layer of graphite without disturbing lower layers, or affecting detail or sharpness.
Don't think of your kneaded eraser or Blu-Tack as an eraser but an adjuster of values. Try this exercise to acquaint yourself with the basic technique.
The first of two examples of this technique in use. It affords control over really delicate shading, and is more effective than using only a pencil to produce believable, light detail.
Spot and Creative Erasing
Mike demonstrates the cleaning of an key highlight and then shows you how to create a secondary eye highlight.
Mike demonstrates by creating the secondary eye highlight. This erasing technique offers multiple attempts without harming the detail of the lower layer. Keep trying until it looks the way you want it to.
Erasing to Adjust Values
This is where Blu-Tack and kneaded erasers excel. Learn how you can have full control over every value in your drawing. Mike offers helpful advice on erasing with Blu-Tack.
The Final Demonstration
Mike demonstrates how to use your eraser to enhance atmospheric perspective and depth. This eraser technique is universally useful for adjusting any value within your drawing in a very controlled way.