Pink Gold — Sketching with Erasers!

Did you know that the sim­ple pink eraser at the tip of your #2 pen­cil is worth it’s weight in gold?? (Or maybe even more, since erasers don’t weigh much!) Well, it is and here’s why.… I don’t use these erasers for eras­ing (I save that for my trusty “Magic Rub”), I use them for DRAWING. It’s a lit­tle known secret that you can sketch on almost any kind of paper using the eraser end of your pen­cil to quickly work out your basic com­po­si­tion. That way, if you don’t like what you see, you can just wipe it off and start over. Then, when you’ve got the gen­eral sizes, shapes and place­ment you want, sim­ply trace over your eraser lines with your pen­cil and you’re good to go. This can be a HUGE time saver, espe­cially for stu­dents as they’re learn­ing how to draw ele­ments to fit within a cer­tain space. Of course, you can’t draw any details with your eraser, but the idea is just to work out your basic com­po­si­tion and be able to make big changes quickly, if needed. Know­ing that you won’t have to spend a lot of time eras­ing if it doesn’t work out, frees you to just “go for it” and even try out sev­eral pos­si­bil­i­ties if you want. This will also pre­vent many of those annoy­ing “ghost lines” in your draw­ings.… when you press too hard with your pen­cil at the begin­ning and then can’t com­pletely erase the lines you don’t want. Your stu­dents will love you for shar­ing this idea with them. Just be sure to remind them to trace over all of their eraser lines in pen­cil before they start refin­ing their sketches, or they may acci­den­tally rub off part of their com­po­si­tion with­out even real­iz­ing it!

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3 Responses to Pink Gold — Sketching with Erasers!

  1. erica January 28, 2009 at 10:00 am #

    good idea! i have hon­estly never thought of that … what a dork!

  2. Katie Gonzalez March 26, 2009 at 8:05 am #

    Great tip!

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