Drawing on Frosted Mylar
I first used Frosted Mylar years ago when I was creating technical illustrations. My first job was at IBM in the Law Office. I drew patent illustrations of all sorts of machines and inventions. Down the hall, in a secret room they were developing computers that someday would be able to draw pictures. Imagine that!
After all these years I still enjoy drawing on Frosted Mylar.
This is why:
· Quality of line is soft and buttery
· Tone can be added slow and meticulous or quick with broad strokes
· Ability to erase back without damaging the paper
· Translucent- no need to transfer drawing
· Pencil, Charcoal, Ink or color pencil can be used
· Generals Carbon Sketch #595 Soft
· Mechanical or Graphite Pencils (range of hard to soft: 4H-4B)
· Tortilions – Various sizes
· Kneaded Eraser
· Peel-Off Magic Rub Eraser for Vinyl and Drafting Film (We used to call them spit eraser for ink)
· Faber Castell Perfection 7056 (small pencil eraser that is perfect for tiny details)
· Sable brush and a piece of sandpaper
How I work.
Tape the Frosted Mylar over the photocopy.
Redraw the character making corrections to the pose.
When the rough drawing is sketched out,
rub the Generals Soft Charcoal onto sandpaper.
Using the sable brush dipped in the charcoal dust, I start laying in the tones. Building the tones from light to dark.
Placing a sheet of tracing paper over the
mylar protects it from the oils in my hands..
highlights. I'm careful not to blow the eraser crumbs.
Instead, I use a soft brush to wipe away the eraser bits.
which ever comes first, I then go back with a 4B Large
pencil to add lines with a bit of energy.
Hope you enjoy trying this process.
Dorothia Rohner enjoys illustrating and writing
stories for children about nature and the magic of imagination.