1.2.36 Punching up
When you complete a drawing, all the general values have been established. The mid tones should be right and all the shadows in the right place. But sometimes you need more impact. A process called punching up can improve the drawing. This is where you look for the deep shadows and try to make them blacker. It increases drama and contrast.
When you put graphite onto the paper, you often want a smooth transition from dark to light. In one technique which we shall look at, this is achieved without blending. The results are very nice, but the process is slow (circularism). Many people like to use a tool like a rag or tissue to move the graphite around on the paper to achieve a smooth result. Blending is to take a non-drawing instrument and use it to deliberately smudge the graphite. Depending on the paper and the grade of pencil, and the blending tool, different results are obtained. Here are some tools in common use:
• Paint brush.
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