Matthew Archambault: How To Blend Your Pencil Drawing With A Bristle Brush
Pencil and sketch artist Matthew Archambault teaches you in this concise pencil drawing tutorial a different and less conventional way to blend your sketches by introducing the use of a large bristle brush.
With a pre drawn sketch already in place he explains why he doesn’t particularly like the orthodox use of the blending stump which most artists tend to use because during the smudging procedure you tend to get an almost metallic and silvery finish which if overdone can detract from the natural qualities of the pencil’s texture and the drawings overall presence. The pencil he has selected to use in this tutorial is a Col-erase by Prismacolor and the paper which he is drawing on is a slightly textured regular white 70 lb sheet.
The reason for using the 4 inch flat bristle brush for blending works on two levels; firstly when you use your eraser on the drawing it produces dead shavings so it is easy to just brush them away without jeopardising the drawing which can quite easily happen with your hand, and secondly the brush allows you to blend a variety of tones into each other creating a very natural transition which then allows you do go in and draw with your kneaded eraser creating highlights which are valuable to your pencil sketch.
And lastly he talks about how the brush creates a loose and natural texture which you really cannot imitate with the likes of a blending stump or your fingers. So with all this advice taken on board you should be able to progress one step closer to a more realistic pencil drawing.