GAH! Smudging! Help.

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  1. RD

    RD Are you dead yet?

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    How the heck do you guys prevent your fingers or hands from touching the paper and smudging graphite or charcoal? I've just gotten back into experimenting with charcoal but everything I complete has little grey fingerprints on it that don't want to erase. :( What's the secret to clean paper, aside from not ever touching it (which I'm incapable of doing, for some reason)? Latex gloves? lol
     
  2. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I have a fixative I spray on every now and then- particularly if I've finished an area. cover up the rest of the picture then spray the area you want. Also, I use the simple, yet effective, put a blank piece of printing paper under my hand method. That works as well.

    You'd think I'd learn to shade from left to right, but alas, it never fails that I finish the right side first.
     
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    RD Are you dead yet?

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    Me too, Laurelin. I'm actually forcing myself to sketch from left to right now, including drawing animals facing right. :lol-sign: Much harder than it seems, for some reason.
     
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    noludoru Bored Now.

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    I go from top left to bottom right. Also use the paper trick. Sometimes I lift my hand off of the paper, but I can't do that accurately for very long and my hand gets tired.
     

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