Erasers for Color Pencil Drawings
- In color pencil drawing erasers are not solely used for rubbing out your mistakes.
- They are a useful tool for creating highlights by removing pigment from the surface of the page to let the white of the paper shine clearly through the color. This creates a more vibrant highlight on white paper than you are able to achieve by using a white color pencil.
- You should invest in an eraser that you can sharpen to a fine point for 'drawing' into color. Examples of this technique are used at various stages throughout our color pencil portrait.
Papers for Color Pencil Drawings
Four paper textures graded from a smooth to a rough grain.
- Suitable papers for color pencil drawings come in a variety of weights and textures.
- The type of paper that you choose will have a considerable effect on the quality of your drawing.
- A smooth grained paper will assist you with the drawing of fine detail.
- A rough grained paper may hinder such precision but could prove more effective with an expressive approach to drawing.
For our Color Pencil Portrait Lesson, we would recommend that you choose a smooth grained Cartridge paper of around 250 gms. The advantage of using such a heavyweight paper is that it should not buckle or crease if you use an eraser. If you use a lighter weight paper, it is advisable to tape it to your drawing board with another sheet below to prevent the transfer of any irregularities on the surface of your board.