I greatly dislike drawing dark values in a sketchbook due to how it smudges onto the facing page when I close it. Are there ways to prevent this?
One thing that I like to do a lot is to use a colored pencil instead of a graphite pencil. Use a black, dark gray, brown, etc. colored pencil from a quality manufacturer (Prismacolor or similar…Crayola won’t give you the best results!) and you’ll find that it is basically the same as drawing with a regular pencil, yet no smudging! Works for me, at least. Over the weekend I bought a pastel pencil and was surprised to find that it was very similar. I would have expected it to smudge, but it didn’t. These are usually the same price as any drawing pencil: certainly more than regular writing pencils, but at about a buck a pop, I think it’s worth it. A lot of people have recommended spray fixative to me as well, but I’ve never really tried it.
Your drawings are looking great! The male torso one post up is fantastic! Great work. I don’t know if you’re looking for critiques or not, but my only comment is that the unfinished head on the top left female torso is a bit big. But in general these are all looking really nice! :applause: