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Friday, June 03, 2011
Drawing Tip #24 - Using Frisket
It has been a long time since I posted a drawing tip, but I want to share with you the benefits of using frisket. I first heard about it in the book Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil by JD Hillberry. At the time I thought it was an interesting technique, but never thought I'd use it.
Frisket is a clear, sticky paper that you cut into the shape you want and put on your drawing. Once there, you can draw over it as much as you want, pull it off, and you are left with a nice white space in the shape of whatever you cut it into.
The benefit of this is you can draw in your background without having to worry about keeping the edge of your object clean. I never thought I'd need this technique because I mostly deal with fur, which does not have a crisp, clean edge.
However, for the drawing I am working on now, I wanted to include a white daisy with a dark background. The steps I used with the frisket are shown to the right.
It worked wonderfully. The only downside was that it was a little difficult to peel off the paper. I had to use my nails and it kept tearing. But on the whole, I am very happy with the result.