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Foundations of Drawing
Illustration by John Hersey

Erasers


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Foundations of Drawing

with Will Kemp

Video: Erasers

So on this course, we're going to be using What you'll notice with it, is you can be nice and soft in these little bits.

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Foundations of Drawing
2h 24m Beginner Apr 28, 2014

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Anyone can learn how to draw. Success comes down to three things:

Shape: By focusing on the shapes of the objects (and more importantly the shapes between the objects) you can view subjects with a whole new outlook and focus.

Simplicity: You'll get better results by concentrating on simple subjects and drawing techniques that will still prove powerful when used together.

Structure: A structured approach makes drawing easier to master.

Each chapter in this course is built on these three principles, combining drawing theory and practical examples with worksheets and drawing assignments. Will Kemp brings his passion for teaching and infectious love of drawing together in these lessons. You'll learn about line, value, tone, negative space, and perspective, and come away with the confidence to start making drawing a daily practice.

This course was created and produced by Will Kemp. We're honored to host this training in our library.

Topics include:
  • Materials you need to draw
  • Drawing theory
  • Framing your composition
  • Using the picture plane
  • Creating contrast
  • Using negative space to create more powerful compositions
  • Creating form from shadows and light
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Erasers

So on this course, we're going to be using two erasers, a putty eraser and a plastic eraser. And they both got very different jobs. The putty eraser is great, because like putty, it's soft and malleable, and you can squeeze parts of it and. Make shapes with it to really get fine details into your drawings. And the putty eraser we'll use a lot for actually drawing, to actually take back sections of the graphite. What you'll notice with it, is you can be nice and soft with it, and it's really good for getting these soft, blendy edges.

And there's nothing left on the actual surface of the drawing. What happens, is all the graphite comes in to the actual eraser. So this is a brand new one, which looks really white. But you'll notice that as drawings progress, this will get really, really gray. Because it just soaks up all of the graphite into the actual eraser. I've also got a plastic eraser, and this is if you really want to take back a lot of your actual graphite right back to white.

So, you notice how it's a stronger in taking it back than the putty eraser was. Even if I press really hard with that, you get quite close, but you'll notice how dark the putty erasers starts to get, in comparison to the plastic eraser. What the plastic eraser does, is it all comes together in these little bits. So you can just take those off or blow them off of your page and it will just give you a smooth finish.

The other thing that is nice to do with a plastic eraser, is you can take a piece of it, and just cut through it. So just carefully with a knife. And then you've got this finer edge, and then you can work with it. To draw into sections of your drawing. Just using the finer edge of the plastic. And we're just going to work between these two erasers for the whole of the course.

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