As a little teaser, I will list some of the items I plan to review and/or discuss in upcoming posts:
Upcoming Product Reviews
- Derwent water soluble pencils: InkTense, regular watercolor pencils, and, hopefully, water soluble sketching graphite and graphitone pencils
- Daler Rowney pan watercolors: Aquafine and Simply
- Nitram Academie Fusains, Maries paper-wrapped charcoal
- Various Pastels: Rembrandt, Mungio Gallery, Prismacolor NuPastel,
- Pastel Pencils: General's, Conte, Stabillo Carbothello, Koh-I-Noor
- Acrylic painting Mediums: Liquitex slow-dry retarder, Flow-aid, Air brush medium, and fabric medium, Daler Rowney glazing mediums
- Artist markers: Copic, Prismacolor, Sharpie (yeah, why not?), Tombow
- Halloweeny stuff- great crafting possibilities
- Affordable digital painting software
- Scoring artsy freebies 101
- Artist Paper: when to scrimp and when to splurge (with semi-reviews)
- Favorite mixed media combinations
|Staedtler eraser shield, Koh-I-Noor kneaded eraser (the lump)
on the right, Pentel Clic, bottom left Tombow Mono Zero
Erasers You Need, Period
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Tombow Mono Zero 2.3 Round Shaper
|Showing the erasing properties of kneaded and pen style
erasers. Note the precise shapes from the eraser shield-
somewhat useful, but more so as a drafting tool.
Mono Zero refills are available from Amazon.com and Jerry's Artarama, and I am sure other places sell them too. Jerry's sells the refills (two refills per pack) for $1.35, so I added one to my recent order, but if I were to buy just refills, I would go for the Mono Zero refill multi-packs from Amazon. If you were to buy refills online elsewhere, the shipping would put you off in a heartbeat.
The Pentel Clic is another staple in my art kit. This is a wider pen style eraser with a cylinder shape, and it is sold in most stores that carry office supplies. The eraser is the white plastic type, and while it will leave some crumbs behind, this eraser does not abrade the paper surface. If you like using the Staedtler Mars and General's white erasers, then you will like this one. It is about 8 mm wide, so you won't have the same precision as the Mono, but you can still get it in some small areas- great for cleaning up edges. It is also retractable like most pen type erasers.
The Pentel Clics are sold in packs of three with the hard plastic holders in different colors. I have seen refills around, but the 3-packs are so cheap (under $3 at WalMart) that I just buy another set when I need them. It takes a while to use all three, and I modify the empty cases to make pencil extenders and graphite stick holders.
A Caveat: All of the precision erasers that I have mentioned above will leave the typical "crumbs" behind, which is an issue with most hard erasers. I use a drafter's duster brush or a paint brush to remove the annoying bits, but there are many ways to remedy this problem.
|I drew my eye using various graphite pencils and the Tombow Mono Zero,
Koh-I-Noor kneaded, and Pentel Clic erasers. Penny for size reference.
The tiny highlights would only be possible using the Tombow mono.
Kneadable Rubber and Putty Erasers
Ahhh, these are the best erasers to have around when you are an artist. Why? Let me count the reasons:
- No crumbs! Nothing wrecks a delicate drawing like brushing away eraser crumbs with your hand (brushes work better), but spittle comes in a close second. It's a reflex to blow the debris away, but understand that you are blowing more than just air.
- Easy on the paper- you don't need to rub the area to lift stray marks or extra tone. Simply press lightly and lift, and all is right again.
- Control- kneaded erasers can lift a little bit of tone to adjust values as well as remove unwanted marks and smudges.
- Malleable like Silly putty- twist it and squish it into the right shape for more precise erasure. Roll a putty cylinder over larger areas to lift swaths of unwanted tone.
- Self- cleaning! Pull it apart and reshape it to work out any graphite, colored pencil or charcoal on the surface.
- Long-lasting- you can rip them apart and reuse them for a long time. Just don't drop them on the carpet too much, especially if you have pets.
- Fun for fidgets! It's putty, after all, better than a worry stone and more fun than Play Dough!