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Get stumped!

Erika Rix explains how blending stumps can bring subtle detail to your sketches.
RELATED TOPICS: GALAXIES | ASTROSKETCHING
Blending stumps

You’ve purchased your first sketching kit. Congratulations! But you may be wondering about the paper stick that came with it. It’s called a blending stump, and although I’ve touched on its use before, it deserves further attention.

Blending stumps come in a variety of sizes, and I suggest you get an assortment. Each is a tube of tightly wound paper with a pointed tip. Used for blending darker and lighter areas, they’re also handy to draw with.

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