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My Paper Smears Too Much...

:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what it is, but every drawing I post seems to have smear marks from my damn graphite. >:o
I am just using a basic pen #2 HB pencil copy paper and my hands.
...petty complaint is petty...
tl;dr If you can't read that's sad...#Firstworldproblems.
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:iconpaellamagi:
paellamagi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I read that as my pap smears too much, which to be fair is a really horrible thing too.
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
guuuugghhh, thanks for reminding me. :(
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Use a lower numbered pencil (although it will be lighter) or try out a paper with more tooth. Smooth papers tend to smear more easily :)
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Use a harder lead, it'll smudge less.
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:iconvi0letdreamer:
vi0letdreamer Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Photographer
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconmingplz: That's too expensive I could just cut a oven-mit. :dummy:
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Also hairspray. Make your drawings fabulous! :iconimfabulousplz:
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Try to draw from top-right to bottom-left - or the other way round if you're left-handed - and place a sheet of paper under your drawing hand. Copy paper is smooth, and so smudges easily, which can be remedied either by using a harder pencil (less prone to smudging) or using drawing paper. Depending on what weight and make you get it doesn't have to be expensive. :p
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Imma lefty, I will try these tips tonight.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconcoolplz:
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:iconshininginthedarkness:
shininginthedarkness Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Copy paper is very smooth and has no texture or 'tooth' to hold the graphite on the sheet. That's why any little touch smudges it so bad. You can certainly get around this by using the techniques others are discussing, but the problem would also be minimized if you got some drawing paper, even relatively cheap drawing paper. It'll still smudge, just not to the same degree.
Also make sure you have a good eraser, I like the white Mars Plastic ones.
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea, I should probably take a trip to the crafts store sometime...I haven't had any nice paper in a long time.
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:iconshininginthedarkness:
shininginthedarkness Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I really like Strathmore brand, tends to be relatively cheap. Canson is also good.
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:iconk-koji:
K-Koji Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Along with following what others have already said, you could also scan your image and quickly clean it up in Photoshop if you want to post it.
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, I actually never thought of that....Thanks.
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:iconk-koji:
K-Koji Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
A lot people do that- you can fiddle with the Brightness/Contrast levels, Curves, then use a large brush and sample the background colour ( since traditional paper is never pure white) and clean up the remainder.
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconthemoreyouknowplz:
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:iconk-koji:
K-Koji Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
lol who knew someone could get legit suggestions in Complaints? 8D
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The forum worlds are colliding! :iconmindblownplz:
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:iconbumsy:
Bumsy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
For some reason I read that as "My pap smear's too much."
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:iconspudfuzz:
Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read it too. :stare:
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:icongrossplz: I got bad images in my head now...thanks...
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:iconoptimusprime22:
optimusprime22 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
its the dark god Sutekh again, beware Thoth beware!
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconohnoesohplz:
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:iconkitsumekat:
kitsumekat Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Wear gloves.
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No. I hate them. :grump:
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:iconkitsumekat:
kitsumekat Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Or you can do what the others say and use another piece of paper while you draw.
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was going to start doing that. :B
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:iconkitsumekat:
kitsumekat Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
And spray your stuff too.
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Otay! :iconkawaiilaplz:
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:iconlegendarysuperman:
LegendarySuperman Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your wrist is smearing the picture. I had this problem once. Then I cut off my hand and the problem went away! :dummy:
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If your wrist was smearing the picture then you should have cut the wrist off, not the hand. Silly beaver! 
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:noes:
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:iconlegendarysuperman:
LegendarySuperman Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What? Was it something I said?
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:iconwalkingren:
WalkingRen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
:nod:
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:iconm-j-gagne:
M-J-Gagne Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would recommend starting your drawing by using a harder 2H pencil which doesn't smear as much. Its likely that most of your smudging will happen in the early stages of the drawing as you move from broader strokes to more narrow and focused ones as you refine your drawing. You can start with the 2h to get the refined features of your image on the page and then switch to the softer HB and B pencils when you've moved on to the shading stage.

However, placing a blank piece of paper under your hand and wrist is also a really good tip.
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I copy/pasted this on my tips file on word, thanks.
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:iconm-j-gagne:
M-J-Gagne Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. ;)
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e-c-h Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
put a separate piece of scrap paper under your wrist. Lots of artists do this to avoid smudging. Mine ends up like what you described when I don't do it XD
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, ok now I know this...I will be sure to use this tip from now on. :B
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:icone-c-h:
e-c-h Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
nprob :D :heart:
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:iconangelishi:
angelishi Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you sure you're not staining your hand and your hand stains the paper?
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That could be it. I should probably think of a way to stop that.
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