Please post any tips you feel that could help improve my work!!!
Drawing tools 12 WHSmith Art-Studio 4H - 6B sketching pencils
Standard pencil set with a decent range. WHSmith - 6 Pure Graphite Sticks, HB, 2B, 4D, 6B, 8B & 9B.
These things are amazing, they allow me to put down block areas of dark shade really quickly. Staedtler Mars micro 0.5mm mechanical pencil.
Finishing and burnishing the details as well as precision shading. Staples sharpening eraser, really good for crisp and fine highlights.
Highlights and precision erasing Mould-able/shape-able eraser
Good for line and point highlights, isn't as precise as the Staples fully sharpened. Hard/medium self made tortillion.
A decent enough smudge stick for filling areas with shade and detail shading when mixed with the Sharpening eraser but doesn't compare to a store bought one. Staedtler sharpener.
Keeps the pencils and erasers sharp for crisp results Cotton buds
For softening areas and removing harsher tones by a fraction. Push pins
Green, no reason why I chose the green coloured one, these work like a fine point smudge stick but also can be used on the white areas to leave whiskers in white when shading later, (requires practice though). Daler Rowney, 150 grams per square meter acid free cartridge paper.Boldmere, Complete Charcoal & Sketch Set.
Black charcoal, Tortillion, Paper blending stump.
Using a stump or a different grade of pencil, the application of slight pressure to push lightly laid material around the paper, not to be confused with burnishing which seeks to push the material used into the paper. The material could be graphite or charcoal.
On graphite, many different types of surface to paper materials can be used, ideally you want to keep one tortillion or blending stump as clean as possible as material can build up and be deposited on different areas of a drawing, this is not ideal.Burnishing
A finishing technique for black and white and a blending technique for colour, applying a higher pressure to an area forces any laid colours to blend and makes any shaded black areas darker. Once an area has been burnished, the paper's tooth has been damaged, erasing will be difficult and further burnishing or hard erasing may wear or tear the paper.Hatching
Laying of directional strokes in order to give the impression of darkness by utilizing the density of lines as opposed to shade of pencil.
More tips will be added later, feel free to comment about anything you feel would be helpful