When I have traced and marked key points on my drawing, it is time to remove it and the large-size photo from the window pane. The lines, at this point, are very light and feebly drawn. Lines, therefore, must be accented by heavier, firmer pencil strokes.
I rely heavily on a straight-edge ruler for my next tool. With it, the lines become distinct, straight, dark and powerful. As I work, I need:
- good lighting
- a pencil sharpener
- an eraser that can clean up errors and not leave a dirty smudge
Soon, the drawing begins to take shape. It resembles a color book drawing at this stage of the process. Yet the progress is visible and satisfying.
I look forward to the next stage of the process. The shading comes next. It is time-consuming, but rewarding.
photo credits: Deena Hall
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