Monday, August 5, 2013


I am often asked how I keep my graphite drawings clean, so here is what I do to prevent the dreaded smudging from happening. After years of using tissues or tracing paper under my right hand, I now use a piece of smooth board with felt stickers, the 'bump-ons that go on the back of a frame, on the reverse side. This lifts the board completely off the paper and I can slide it back and forth as need be. It takes a little time to get used to having your hand up slightly higher but it works perfectly and is definitely the best option ever. I never smudge any of my work now. I have taken a photo of the set up to show how it works.

My drawing board with hand rest

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