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Adding the final details in the background using pencil:
- Begin with the darker background elements.
- You can use the graphite pencil to fill in the patchy texture made by the charcoal in the earlier stages.
- Approach the image part by part, breaking down specific areas into smaller forms gradually.
- See how the cut face of the ham has more detail now that I have worked over it with the pencil.
- You can also use the pencil to create subtle transitions in smaller objects like the handle of the knife.
- You can also use the pencil to darken and smooth those parts of the drawing that have a heavy amount of charcoal – like the darker bottles on the right.
- Passing the pencil over these dark parts of the image with moderate pressure will shift and even out the charcoal dust, making for a smoother and darker look.
- Compressed charcoal
- Vine charcoal
- Charcoal powder
- Graphite pencils (from 2B – HB)
- White Gouache or Acrylic paint
- Various brushes (whatever you have lying around)
- Drawing Board