How to get the most from your Art Accessories Part 1 June 16, 2010

Creating the speckiling effect

Creating the speckling effect


There are a comprehensive range of accessories available on the market today. One of the newest and innovative ranges has been developed by Derwent pencils. In developing the range their ethos was not just to ensure that you care for your pencils properly, but to also add to your creative enjoyment. Many are ideal for creating unusual effects and for experimenting with different drawing techniques.
Outlined below are a few ideas of how to use these tools. 

How to use a Sandpaper Block


You can use a sandpaper block to create a speckled effect: Draw a shape on your paper with a wetted paintbrush then using the sandpaper block sharpen the side of the pencil point and tap the resulting pencil ‘dust’ onto the wetted area on your paper. The colour will only adhere to the wet areas of the paper. If you use this technique with Derwent Watercolour Pencils (or other watersoluble pencils like Derwent Inktense), you can observe how the colours dissolve and create some fascinating effects.


How to use a Kneadable Eraser to Create highlights

Lifting colour out to create highlights


A kneadable or putty eraser is pliable and can be shaped into a point to erase small areas of tone. It can also be used to  add highlights; you can remove areas from the drawing to reveal the white underneath thereby creating areas of light and dark which can define the shape of an object. Don’t worry if you lift too much off, you can easily add some back in. This simple technique can really bring your drawings to life. 

How and What to use a Waterbrush For …

The Waterbrush has been described as an artist’s dream. The brush houses water in the barrel of the pen which is supplied to the fibre brush via a valve. The flow of water is controlled by applying slight pressure on the barrel when the brush meets the paper. To clean it simply apply pressure to the barrel and the water will flush the paint from the brush. 

Using a Waterbrush and Watersoluble sketching pencils

Using a Waterbrush and Watersoluble sketching pencils


You can use the Waterbrush to lift colour from the tip of a Watercolour pencil or Aquatone stick which you then apply to the paper. Or you can draw the colour onto the paper and then turn it into paint by simply running the Waterbrush over your pencil marks. Thats how you turn your drawing into a painting … 

How to Hatch and Cross Hatch

This technique involves laying down colour in the form of lines and adding a different layer in a different direction each time. 

Cross Hatching with Pencils

Cross hatching


For example: Draw the first layer of lines in a horizontal direction; draw the second layer of lines, on top of the first, but this time in a vertical direction. Each different direction adds more tone to the shading. Different colours can also be used. This technique can be performed using any Derwent Pencil media. 

How to Blend to Create Tone, Shade and other Colours

Blending involves the merging of one or more colours. Blending is especially important for creating tone, shade and other colours. There are numerous accessories and tools you can use to blend your colours together, below we look at four examples: 

Lay your colours down on the paper close to each other, then, using your finger, paper stump, rubber shaper or stipple brush, merge the colours together. 

blending with your fingers

Blending with your fingers


Example 1 shows how the finger can be used to blend two shades of blue together.  

Example 2 shows how a paper stump can be used. The effective use of a rubber shaper is shown in example 3 . Finally example 4 shows  blending using a stipple brush. 

blending with a Derwent paper stump

blending with a Derwent paper stump


blending with a Derwent Rubber Shaper

blending with a Derwent Rubber Shaper


blending with a Derwent Stipple Brush

blending with a Derwent Stipple Brush

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