I've been asked a few times how I do the method of shading I do with my pencil pictures. I find it's a fairly simple style that generates some pretty nice results. Though the super-ultra-top-secret-kung fu smudge combo technique is supposed to remain a mystery to the outside world, I thought, 'what the heck.' First off, you'll want to read through these here tips:
- 1) Before you start smudging, WASH YOUR HANDS. Even if they look perfectly clean, wash them anyways. The last thing you want to do is get something on your drawing.
- 2) Tape your picture down with some scotch tape on the four corners so it doesn't crinkle when you rub the pencil lead. That's not fun. : (
- 3) Rub your hands together a little, so that they have a little moisture on them. This is the key to getting your lead to smudge smoothly and cleanly.
- 4) Your fingers each serve a different role in smudge shading. Your pointer finger should be for things like clothing, furniture, and things like that. Your middle finger serves a similar purpose. Your thumb is the best finger to use for backgrounds, but also seems to have the most power,so be careful. The pinky is for details, but there are certain parts of a pic that are too small even for a pinky to smudge. I'll talk more about that later.
- 5) Finally, make sure you have an eraser handy. This is essential. You'll be using it a lot.
- 6) When you're smudging a particularly dark shade, be very careful not to let your finger stay in one place for too long, or it will become darker than the rest of the piece.