Finishing a drawing in pencil
I went over the rough drawing I made yesterday, adding detail and deepening shading and indications of colour (since it’s a greyscale image). It was fun to do but I enjoyed it a little less than finishing an ink drawing because the pencil doesn’t dry like ink and keeps on smudging which makes working on it harder. I thought of spraying some fixative on at various stages but that would ruin things if I needed, at the end, to touch up some highlights with my putty eraser. (This is something I normally do.) So, after having to clean up some smudges I got it finished.
Pencil hardness grades
I did try the 8B pencil but it was less dark than the 4B and the 4B looked rough, like crayon. So I used the 4B only where it wanted a textured background and didn’t bother with the 8B at all. Perhaps I need to do some research on pencil grades and types because I don’t understand properly how to use them. My most used pencils were HB, B and 2B. For the first time I thought about rooting through my study to find an H for the light hairs but I’m still not properly well from the illness I have so I decided to let that go this time. Otherwise my temperature might go up again and I can’t think straight when that happens – my thoughts go weird and jumbled up.
Importing to a Digital Format
Once the image was finished it was quite difficult to transfer to a digital medium. I didn’t want to use my rather rubbish phone camera as most of the detail I’d drawn would be lost but my A3 drawing was too big for my scanner. Soooo… I scanned it twice, once for each area of the picture, and then matched them up in Photoshop 6. It is the first time since I got Manga Studio that I’ve found something Photoshop does better than Manga Studio – matching up and cleaning pencil images.
So here it is… I hope you like it. 🙂
So tomorrow I’m going to look at designing a ‘Game of Thrones’ style flag for my family – The Foxes of East Anglia. 😀
As an aside, I’ve been advised to put a copyright notice on all my pages (what a pain!) so here it is:
(All Images unless otherwise explicitly stated are © Jo Fox, 2015)