Re: Tips for getting unwanted graphite mark off of Bristol board
Using an eraser may have been your second mistake. Erasers may actually push graphite deeper into the paper, making it impossible to remove marks, short of actually cutting through the surface with a hobby knifeósomething to avoid, if at all possible.
Always use poster putty first. By poster putty, I do mean Blu-Tack, and nothing else. You can smash it into the paper and pull out graphite that an eraser would simply push in deeper. I like kneaded rubber erasers enough to use them once in a while, but poster putty has so much more tack that I prefer it in almost every case. Matter of fact, Blu-Tack has so much tack that it will pull paper fibers apart, if you get carried away!
The idea is that poster putty will lift most graphite from paper completely, and pull the rest close to the paper surface, where an eraser can actually remove it.
After poster putty, you use a gentle vinyl eraser, or something equally soft. If that doesn't work, go to a harder eraser, such as a Pink Pearl. If that doesn't work, go to one of the old typewriter erasersópink first, and then white. Those white typewriter erasers will absolutely damage the paper surface, but you can work around some damage, provided it is not severe. You can also scratch into the paper with a hobby knife, but that is a desperate gamble.
Signing the drawing at that spot is the best idea I can imagine. You might also add something to the composition that is dark enough to mask the mistake.
I would not abandon the work because of that mark, or the bend you describe. I didn't even notice that bend, until I read your mention of itómy focus was on the subject, which looks great.
Don't beat yourself up over this. Mistakes like that will happen from time to time. Roll with it.
Let's upset the apple cart, shall we?
Last edited by Bless Our Teachers : 02-01-2020 at 07:50 AM.