Brown jersey gloves will help you to avoid this...
You're doing some shading on your artwork,
when there it is...
a fingerprint that the F.B.I. would be proud of.
If only you would have used a glove to keep your natural oils off of the paper.Oh yes, I've been there...
I'm "in the zone", focused on my work, when suddenly... I see it!!
I wipe, I erase, I cuss...
I either have to start over, or live with it and finish it, hoping that no one notices.
There are several places you can find brown jersey gloves.
Of course you can get them at a hardware store, but you can also find them at a discount department store, or a "dollar store". I've even seen them in some convenience stores
Once you've found them you'll need to do some alterations on them.
This is really going to be easy...
Take the glove of the hand you going to write with and cut off the thumb, first, and second fingers of the glove.
Okay then, that's it...I told you it was easy.
Now of course you don't have to cut all three of these fingers off, or any of them for that matter.
If you feel more comfortable working with just the thumb and first finger cut out, that's okay.
If you would rather not cut any of the fingers out, that's okay too.You do what ever feels right to you.
After deciding how to customize your glove you're now ready to put it to use.
Put the glove on and grab a pencil. You'll want to practice laying your hand on the paper so as to not touch the paper with any bare skin.
While drawing make sure that you do not slide your hand across the paper, but rather pick your hand up off of the paper and move it to the next location and then lay your hand carefully down again.
Don't worry if you accidentally use your bare fingers to pick the paper up, or touch a spot with an uncovered finger...I do it all the time.
You might want to use the other glove on your non-drawing hand when you handle the paper before and after drawing for a bit of extra protection.
At some point your glove is going to get "dirty" from graphite.
You have a couple of choices... you can
You could wash your brown jersey gloves in with the rest of your laundry. I'd put them in with the dark clothing, and on a gentle cycle.
If I were to wash my drawing hand glove, I'd do it by hand in the kitchen sink. I'd be afraid that if I used a washing machine the glove would fray out and leave little treads all over the rest of my laundry.
Which brings me to the other option of simply buying a new pair.
These work gloves are pretty inexpensive. You should have no problem buying a new set of gloves when needed.
There are many artists who blend their shadows with their fingers. If you want to try this method of blending you might try it using a glove.
Just put a glove (with the fingers still intact) on your drawing hand, and when you need to blend a dark area, just rub it with one of your gloved fingers
However, after extended use, the glove will become dirty with graphite, making it difficult to blend areas of subtle shading.
Use a clean pair of brown jersey gloves when handling the paper before and after drawing.
Use brown jersey gloves...
There you have it...my personal creation...
the super-spectacular Artist's Drawing Glove!!
Maybe you'll find some other uses for brown jersey gloves. Or maybe you have another great idea for keeping oils off of your paper while you draw. If so, drop me a line through my "Contact Form" and let me know about it.
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