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The National Anthem is a drawing by John Bowman which was uploaded on September 14th, 2009.
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Original art is done in soft lead 2b pencil.
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The National Anthem
Drawing - Graphite
September 14th, 2009
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thanks a lot...just 2b pencils...amazing. what are kneaded erasers? rubbing sticks is also new to me. will try asking for them in the art shop next time. thank you for the tips :)
hey...i looked at your sketches. I am totally speechless. What do you use...i mean with pencils i am unable to get the detail that i would like. Can you please give me some insight as to what material to use? how much time do you take to complete one. hey...ur drawings are just fantabulous!!!!. i want to do something like these sometime... with useful tips from people like you :):):) :)
John Bowman replied:
Thanks for your comments. I use only a 2b pencil. It is hard enough to get the detail I want , yet soft enough. The kneaded eraser is very important. I use that to actually lift the graphite off of the board to get the highlights. There are many different brands, but I use the Kimberly brand, (pencil) I work on cold press Illustration board, #300. It just seems to have the right texture and surface. I can take up to 2 weeks to finish a piece, working on it off and on. I also use rubbibg sticks, (compressed paper sticks) to blend and get the softness.