The is dedicated to you, too. This post may help you in giving you a somewhat rudimentary technique which involves erasing in order to create light on objects drawn with pencil.
Step One: The Drawing.
To give light to any object first you do is visualize the object in your mind, its proportions and how would it be if it is three-dimensional. For instance, if we visualize a ball, you can "feel" its roundness in your mind and start imagining where would the light hit it if is set overhead, the upper parts is clear while the bottom is darker.
When it comes to more complex objects, for example, an animal, a rock or some irregular shape, then you are going to use your imagination a lot to visualize these objects before using some lightning or shading.
|Well, this is the Furroduck's outline.|
In my imagination I tried to shape its muscles and many body parts as rounded as it can be to give it more mass, while it has more mass it is more interesting to see, in the case you're going for reallistic drawing.
Step Two: Filling.
|The order in which you|
sould apply the pencil.
For that purpose, you can use your HB in a fixed direction for the first pencil layer, as it shows in the 2nd pic.
|The first layer doesnt have to be perfectly|
uniform, you just have to do it.
If you don't have any graphite drawing pencil you may resort to mechanical pencils and the trace will be much more uniform without having to worry about the hassle of sharpen the pencil.
In this case it didn't take me too long to complete the 1st. layer of filling. In order to make it uniform you need to apply several layers to the shape, as in the avobe pic you may want to draw the first in a direction and the second on the opposite way.
|And then erase on the points where the|
light hits, caring about the outline.
Part Three: Erasing
Here is when it gets cooler. You can use either the back of a pencil for precission or a big eraser for covering more space. Whichever the case you will employ your imagination here more than in the previous steps.
For the lightning I went for the classics and I'll put the lights as if they were in a room, right above its head, and started erasing the upper parts of the drawing. The shoulder, the head, the ear, the cheek, and the back line were in my priority list for erasing. If you screw this part erasing bigger parts there's little to be done for fixing it. just be careful and erase conciously.
|Not finished, but there you can get the|
idea of what you got to do.
And there you go! This technique is very rudimentary since the best way to apply lightning on a drawing is not filling on the white parts. Doing so will make the white of the paper itself to stand out. By erasing you are automatically pushing graphite dust particles inside of the paper holes, darkening it in the process.
Additionally you may want to polish the coloring by brushing the "layers" with your finger on the dark parts of the drawing, doing so you smoothen the texture in the coloring layers and it will look much more finished.
Well, I hope this can be useful for you, and you can practice a bit too in the future. I would like to hear your comments, observations, critique and much other things. Have a great week.