Using Pencil Erasers to Draw

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This brief video on using pencil erasers shows you a neat trick for erasing tiny areas in your drawing!

When people think about drawing, they usually have in mind the business of putting something on the paper to make a picture: graphite, charcoal, pastel, ink.

But in reality, taking the picture-making material off can be just as important, especially when you do something you don't like the look of.

We won't go so far as to call it a mistake ;-D.


Nope!  We're not going to talk about the famous kneaded eraser today for drawing.

Enter, stage right, the humble pencil eraser.

As you can see, I've been working on a drawing here, and I've decided I want to change these lines. Time for my eraser.

To not damage the paper, I'm going to erase the lines I've change my mind about, working slowly and carefully, making gentle, circular motions.

When I finish erasing, there are going to be some particles from the pencil erasing left on the paper.  So, I'm going to dust them off, using a soft, clean cloth, like this.

Time to use my cutter.  Working with the talent of a skilled surgeon, I take the cutter to slice off a piece of my eraser.  Just like this.  Then, I cut it carefully to get a pointed tip. 

And there's my point!  And then I can use the pointed tip of this specially-made eraser to clean up the smudges that are between the lines I want to keep.  And when I finish, I'm going to once again use a cloth to dust off the particles of eraser so that the new lines that I'm going to draw next will be clean and clear, and will match the lines that I've already made.

Dust again, and I'm ready to go.

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