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Tips for better drafting design

Tips for better drafting design

Drafting has evolved into a digital realm with many software options to create drafting models, but many class projects and exercises still require to learn a older and more inclusive method to learning some of the basics of modeling and drafting. Here today were going to give you tips on how to be prepared for your drafting project for school or even work projects really stand out among the competition.  

First were gonna talk about tools, then how to prep for the image.

Tools needed to prep: 

Lead grades

Lead Pointer

Clutch Pencil

Dry Cleaning Pad

Cleaning Brush

Vinyl Eraser

Erasing Shield

Masking tape

Picking the right lead:

Trying to understand the lead grades can leave a few people confused, while it may seem daunting it is not impossible for one of the greatest part of understanding the grade levels is knowing when to use one over the other in its applications and combining them in your illustration/drafting.  For more of an extensive look at our graphite grade levels please look at our graphite blog post to learn all about it but this sections will cover the basics to get started on the grade levels.

Lead & Lead Pointers:


Clutch pencils like this specific drafting model pencils application is very handy with its many sizes can be used on the pencil. The Lead pointer is a very specific sharpening tool for the lead. Because the lead quality is much higher and durable the sharpness is dialed in by the amount you wish to have with the lead pointer.

Dry Cleaning Pad


Rub your dry cleaning pad over the illustration but when you use it be sure to do it softly and light over the parts to prevent smudging and erasing your artwork.Avoid using your hands it is best to use a brush to clean away the cleaning crumbs by the cleaning pad.

Vinyl Erase and Erasing Shield:


A proper and clean vinyl eraser can help a lot when trying to get a spot clean and properly cleared of any smudges. Be sure to be gentle with the cleaning as to not tear the paper,being too forceful can lead to paper tearing.  

This is why the Erasing shield is used to prevent erasing other elements or parts of the project. You can put the erasing shield over the section you wish to erase.

Drafting Fine black liner Pens:


Having a good set is important one that the ink is consistent and quick dries, the ink smudging is reduce with the archival ink used in this formula. While it also depends on the paper you use which we hope you are using the recommended one on this list, this type of ink shouldn't be an issue for the paper. It will quick dry and leave no smudging.

Velum paper: 


not to confused with a similar type of paper parchment paper velum paper and its translucent quality has many similar feature but have many disntictive different features as well. The type of paper many drafting professional use to print out and do drafting planning due to its receptive and easy editing of the lines on the paper to layered over the next drafts.

How to prep for your drafting projects:

Line weights


Using the correct graphite grades start by drawing the lines over the paper creating line weights of the paper. You can use these to create a sample line weights to know the difference between them. Having an sample of them will give you a good guide to know which ones to use for what sections of your drawings plans.

Protecting the lines:

Attach an velum paper over the project and tape it down with masking tape to prevent it from moving,only cover the area you wish not to smudge over when drawing on the paper. This helps create a cool area of the paper. 

Okay your now all set to get started, with this handy checklist and tips you can go start drawing knowing you're ready to create the best work.


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