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Discussion in 'Beginners help' started by Ryck, Jan 3, 2021.


  1. Karl Becker

    Karl Becker Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    Great advice there. Speaking of which, are you still focusing on the planes, or looking at getting into painting other surfaces?
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    I am still working on the plane but I also want and need to practice the basic strokes some as well. I still don't know what type of airbrushing I want to do after the plane though.
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    posterboard, scratchable with razorblade "don't scratch it too much", its great and can be framed, u never know when a doodle can become a masterpiece :)
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    Ryck Needle-chuck Ninja

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    Thanks for letting me know this. I have seen some videos of artists using scratching tools and erasers to create texture. It looks very interesting and I would like to experiment with it sometime. What kind of erasers are best for this?
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    Any eraser you can get hold of Rick, there are faber castel 'perfection' pencil style erasers with little brushes on them are quite common and popular, you can get double ended ones with soft and hard rubber, one each end. Mono 2mm erasers, a kneadable eraser as they are good for removing pencil marks. and electric (battery) ones in both 5mm and 2mm. You can also get fibreglass pens in 5mm and 2mm which are a bit more aggressive. But basically any eraser will do something.
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    Thanks for all of that great information. :thumbsup: Most of the erasers I have seen used so far are sharpened like a pencil which appears to give more detail. I will shop around and see what I can find. The double ended one sounds like a useful type for sure.

    ** I found the double ended Perfection eraser on Amazon and ordered one. Thanks for that suggestion.
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    Thanks, I will check those out as well.
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    Not used my fine refill yet, thanks for the heads up
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    wickedartstudio Mac-Valve Maestro!

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    This is deceiving depending on the eraser and how soft or hard it is. The downside to pencil erasers that are sharpened to a fine tip for good detail is there's a lot of eraser sticking out when sharpened with a traditional pencil sharpener. They tend to break off easily and softer erasers flex a lot resulting in lack of control. You can mitigate that to a degree if you use a blade to sharpen them instead, but they are still problematic for fine detail in my experience. I prefer an electric eraser for minute details. You can control how much of the eraser is protruding and they are easy to trim with a blade for super fine detail.
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