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on: March 12, 2012, 12:51:00 AM
I saw somewhere a guy uses Damar Varnish instead of fixative. Is that wise?   When I use my fixative, I am not absolutely sure, but the graphite kind of seems to "diffuse" somewhat, which is not good. Is that possibly happening? The darks seem to take on an appearance of uglyness and maybe the edges get slightly soft.

Can I use a fixative on my initial drawing before I begin the shadings? I know you can with "workable fixative", but can I use my regular fixative to do that also?
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #1 on: March 16, 2012, 08:22:12 PM
some fixatives allow you to draw over them again afterwards Pat, but I suggest that if you keep your initial drawing work light enough, you will not need to fix them before drawing.

I would not use Damar varnish on a drawing