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on: November 19, 2012, 06:01:56 PM
I used a very dark 6B on a large area of a wall in the drawing. I tried to smooth it out with a brush, but it didn't do much to it. Softened, but that's about it. Maybe using very dark leads on large areas just won't blend well.
And should be expected. Now, if you do a sky for example...maybe darkest would be a 2B...then it probably would blend better because any of the original hatching or crosshatching would already be pretty imperceptible compared to that very dark 6B stuff. Something you learn thru experience i guess.
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: November 19, 2012, 11:57:17 PM
I noticed that. They get lighter when blended too. I understand now why some artist use charcoal. I find myself in need of patience when practising my gradiation  ;D  because if I dont dont do it right then it gets much harder.