Monday, September 8, 2014

Drafting film- info and tips!

Drafting film is usually used for drawing up plans by engineers and architects. Recently however artists of all kinds have taken a liking to this unique drawing surface. Drafting film accepts colored pencils very well, and gives a vibrant quality to the work. It is great for any work that requires fine details and line work. Works great for portraits of people or animals. Also, since the drafting film is translucent, you are able to draw on either side, adding even more diversity to the any work. When working with drafting film, it is encouraged to wear cotton gloves with cutouts for your fingers, or having a paper towel under your hand as you work so that you prevent oils from the skin transferring to the drafting film.

Oil based and wax pencils both work great on drafting film, however oil based usually produce the best results if your looking for a sharper image, wax pencils produce a softer look. Graphite can be used on drafting film as well, but does have a few disadvantages. Graphite will smudge very easily, which in some cases can be great if you're looking to smudge for shading etc., not so great if you just accidentally brush up against it and are not wanting to smudge that section. You can also use graphite powder on drafting film to create some cool effects. Or use a black colored pencil along with the graphite to create even darker shades. You are also capable of scratching into the drafting film to create even more interesting effects.

When erasing on drafting film you want to use as little force as possible. Kneadable erasers work well, and so do battery operated erasers. Almost any eraser will do, but it is always a good idea to try a test piece first!


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