I love drawing with pencils. They're a versatile and forgiving medium and I always have tons of fun creating with them. The annoying thing about them (and other dry media) is the constant smudging courtesy of your hand being on the page.
There are multiple ways to combat the smudging problem, like being mindful of your drawing sequence so you don't rest your hand on finished parts or putting a piece of paper under your palm. One of my personal favorites is the artist's glove – a glove that covers your ring and pinkie finger as well as the part of your palm that touches the drawing surface.
Here are the tools and materials you will need to create your own anti-smudging glove.
- A tight-fitting glove made from a thin fabric. You should feel comfortable when wearing the glove and still be able to move your fingers freely. I'm using an old winter glove that isn't very warm and has a small hole.
- Thread and needle.
- Not pictured here, but you'll also need some tailor's chalk or fabric marker to mark things out.
Step 1: Cut Some Fingers
Cut the index and middle finger from your glove. You want to end up with a single hole where these two fingers were.
Step 2: Rounded Cut
Make a rounded marking between the middle finger and the part where the thumb connects to the glove. Cut along this line. At this point, you should consider your particular glove – if you think it's too thin to keep its shape well after further cutting, feel free to skip the next few steps and go straight to hemming it.
If your glove's thick enough to handle some more loss of fabric, let's continue.
Step 3: Some More Cuts
Mark out another curved line, this time reaching all the way down under the thumb. Cut along it and you should have a glove that covers your pinkie and ring finger.
Step 4: Hem the Glove
Once you've done cutting your glove, it's time to stitch the hem so the fabric doesn't come undone. You whatever stitching technique you're most comfortable with.
Step 5: Additional Adjustments
Try your glove on. If it fits snugly, feel free to start using it.
If it doesn't, like mine, you'll need to make some simple adjustments to get it snug and comfortable. I found out that the wide cuff on the bottom of my glove was the solution to my problem. Simply folding the cuff over tightened the glove and made it convenient to draw in, but I wanted to make it as comfortable as possible, so I made another small adjustment.
Step 6: Unfold the Cuff
The cuff on the bottom of my glove has two layers. I decided to separate them, so I'd have one long cuff to fold over my hand. This way I still have proper fit and comfort with fewer layers of fabric constraining my wrist.
After cutting the stitches on the inside of the cuff, I hemmed it and my glove is ready to use
Step 7: Wearing the Glove
To use the glove, simply slip it on and fold the now single-layered cuff over your wrist. Congratulations, now you're ready to enjoy smudge free drawing! :)