Do I Need to Use an Easel?

When you start drawing most people draw flat on a table but if you can access an easel then I would recommend using one.  Some learners feel quite intimidated by the easel, with all its screws and parts they seem cumbersome and unnecessary.  It might be worth giving it a try and seeing how you get on because drawing or painting on an easel is quite a different experience to drawing flat.

Give the Easel a Chance

At first it will seem a bit strange to anyone who is used to working flat on a desk or table because you are standing up usually instead of sitting.  The other thing that feels very different is the angle of the paper, it is upright on an easel rather than flat. 

If you have never used an easel don’t be scared to try

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What is Subtractive Drawing?

Subtractive drawing is a really nice way of working for beginners and it can teach you much about tone (light and dark). Basically subtractive means ‘taking away’ so pigment is removed.  With drawing it is usually charcoal or very soft graphite that is taken away and commonly with a putty rubber (also known as a kneaded eraser).  A putty rubber is a soft, moldable eraser that you can shape and make into a fine point and is great at removing pigment.

A putty rubber or kneaded eraser

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