Sketchbook: Dec. 21st, 2020

As much as I love the look and feel of my Paper Mate SharpWriter, I encountered the bane of a graphite artist’s existence: smudging. A simple work around is to seal the work with something like Krylon Workable Fixatif. This will *mostly* keep your work from smudging and allow you to add more work on top later. That being said, be aware once you’ve applied fixatif, you won’t be able to erase your current line work. I don’t currently have a can of sealant, though, so I had to improvise with a couple light layers of hairspray.

To keep the mess limited, I went back to my Prismacolor Premier colored pencils for this entry. As I may have mentioned previously, the project I am currently studying for requires illustrating skin falling off of a human. Initially I had tried to find reference images of the injuries I would need to depict, something I do NOT recommend. Beyond being pretty horrific to look at, a lot of the images were, in a way, TOO real.

I have an idea in my head of what the image will look like, so I decided to look up reference material closer to what I was envisioning in my head. Hence, why I chose to draw tattered curtains and draped fabric. These images are closer to the vision I have of what skin sloughing off a person needs to look like in context to the scene I will need to illustrate.


PaperMate SharpWriter
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils
Reflexions Spiral Sketchbook
Krylon Workable Fixatif



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L. Fox Illustration

L. Fox Illustration

Illustrator • Maker • Mom • Professional Procrastinator