Once you select the pencils, eraser, and paper, you are ready to begin
illustrating. Start with a few thumbnail sketches to determine the angle of
view, perspective, and mass tonal ranges. Using a medium grade pencil
lightly over the paper surface, block in or sketch the main outlines in the
drawing. Do not be too concerned with details at this point. Strive to
correctly portray scale and perspective. Next, use a soft lead to place the
light tones, then use an even softer lead to make the darker tones.
the light tones first will enable you to gage the tonal quality of the image to
control the overall tonal key. Finish the drawing by adding details. At this
point, use tortillons or stumps to blend strokes or the kneaded eraser to bring
out the highlights. Switch to a harder pencil lead to draw fine or precise
details. Keep erasures to a minimum. Keep the illustration clean.
Figure 1-13 shows the steps for developing a pencil illustration.
Figure 1-13.Steps for developing a pencil
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