As I write my posts, I have realised that there are so many little tips and tricks that help me draw. I knew if all of you had that knowledge you would find doodling so much easier! So I thought I’d start a new series of posts about how I doodle. This is the first post in the series and it is on rubbing out.
When I doodle, I usually start in pencil, and then go over my lines with a black pen. But after I do this there are still pencil lines behind the black ones. So I have to rub them out. How though? Is there a specific technique?
Yes. There is. If you use my technique it’ll hopefully make your doodles just that little bit neater.
- Use a good rubber. If your rubber is not good quality and smudges the pencil instead of erasing it, then grab a different one. It’s also a problem if the rubber is very old and has dried up.
- Don’t press too hard. It’s surprising how lightly you need to brush with the rubber to get the best effect. Never press as hard as you think you need to.
- Relax! Don’t rub too vigorously! It will only rip your page and ruin your drawing.
- Move the rubber in one direction. This is very important. If you rub from side to side the page will move and crease, but if you move only one way there won’t be any wrinkles in the page.
- If you want to, another option is to move the eraser in circles, as this won’t crease or rip the page if you’re careful.
- If you are doodling in a notebook, rub away from the spine. You don’t want all those tiny flakes of rubber clogging up the book.
And that’s it for today! See you next time!