The Pentel Click Eraser is Not Unlike a Lethal Army Ranger

 

For most of my erasing I use a Paper Mate White Pearl eraser, but before I go full-in on erasing the graphite lead from beneath my pen marks, I use the Pentel Clic Eraser to go over all the most important areas.

The Clic Eraser is very delicate with the page, made out of a soft plastic, perfect for clearing all of the pencil marks on faces, hands, and any other intricately detailed part of your art.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to hold the edges of your paper when you erase, crumpling the page is a struggle that is real, and has caused many a casualty in my line of work. I can’t stress enough to only use white plastic erasers and never pink, the degradation of the medium itself is ten times worse with a pink eraser.

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The Pentel GraphGear 800 WILL Get Your Mom’s Number.

I spent years using the trusty Pentel Sharp P207, but a couple of years ago, my favorite mechanical pencil became the Pentel GraphGear 800. The 800 has everything the P207 has, plus a more solidly mounted eraser, a raised grip where your fingers touch, and a sturdy, all-metal, tip that can withstand almost anything. I’ve used all of my GraphGear 800s until the names have rubbed off. You cannot go wrong with this pencil, I’ve spent so much time with the GraphGear 800 that we’re legally married in Kentucky.

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The Pentel P207 is Like That Sniper from Saving Private Ryan, Except in This Scenario He’s Really Old and Shoots a Cow Every Tenth Shot.

The Pentel Sharp P207 is one of the finest mechanical pencils ever made. It’s weight is perfect, the grip is optimal, the clip is removable (which I usually do), and it’s so rugged you can use it to get a rock out of your tire tread and go back to drawing without skipping a beat. With that being said, it has one fatal flaw: The eraser. I’ve been using this pencil for years and would rank it probably my second favorite mechanical pencil of all time, but it has a design flaw that’s never been fixed in its long life time. The metal sheath that holds the eraser in is too thin, causing the eraser to sink back into the pencil every time you use it. Granted: You probably should be using a plastic or gum eraser anyway, but there are always points where you can save time by not switching from the pencil in your hand. As the eraser recesses, the metal sheath is exposed, if you’re not careful, it can actually gouge and tear your paper.

So, it works perfectly until every twentieth line when you have to erase something tiny. I would give Pentel more of a break if they had improved it once in all this time, but, as it stands, I have a new favorite, which I will reveal in a future post. You could do much worse than the P207 (I still keep one with me as a backup), just be careful, and practice safe-erasing.

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Kat Dennings

This is a digital painting I did in Corel Painter 11. I started with a “pencil” layer, then used the various brushes (Painter has excellent brush stroke realism), and then processed the final image in Adobe Photoshop CC.

Lost Light Rodimus

Rodimus Prime

Just starting to read IDW’s Lost Light. New Faber-castell brush pen greys I bought on sale at Utrecht.

I’d Know it Anywhere

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As always, I’m using the trust P22 Sharp from Pentel and Faber0Castell Pitt Pens, and a highlighter. The quote is from “The Outer Limits” episode “Soldier.”

Flying Dutchmen

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I’ve been fascinated with the tales of The Flying Dutchman, a ghost ship never allowed to return to port. It may have been based on reflections on the ocean’s surface making ships in the distance appear to float several feet off of the surface.

Brainiac

Brainiac vs Superman

Brainiac vs Superman

I’ve always loved the Brainiac from the 80’s DC Comic Super Powers (successor to The Super Friends). He was a robot with an exposed brain and he rode around space in a big skull ship. I drew this in pencil, inked it with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens, and colored it using Photoshop.

Transformers Armada Galvatron: How I Do It

First, it’s pencils on paper (Pentel P207):
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Then Faber-Castell Pitt Pens over that:

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Then, color in Photoshop…

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Transformers Combiner Wars Autobot Optimus Prime

 

 

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The Combiner Wars Optimus Prime is actually a really great mold. He’s a little short and stocky, but well articulated and powerful looking.