HOW TO BLEND
Blending with T.P.
There are a number of ways to blend with graphite.
First I want to briefly go over tools you can use to blend with.
There are many things you can use to blend with. I love using toilet paper, brushes, stumps, cotton balls, and Q-tips. These all work pretty well in helping me achieve a smooth texture.
How you apply the graphite is key. I always instruct my students to shade in one direction using swift light strokes.
To get smoother shades, you’ll want to use thicker strokes which are closer together. Move you hand up on the pencil away from the tip. The more you angle the side of your lead toward the paper, the thicker your strokes will get. This is good! These strokes can be easy to blend.
Don’t hold your pencil as if you are going to write. The lines are more difficult to blend and it will take more time to keep your strokes tight. If you draw this way it will look very scratchy.
It takes some time to practice blending on a piece of paper. Use different grades, knowing your pencils is important. Take into account how you hold your pencil, and try using your wrist to move the pencil instead of your hand.
Most of all, don't give up and keep trying and learning from both your successes AND your mistakes. Just keep drawing!
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