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Do it yourself art

Updated on August 30, 2011

Easy Drawing with an Eraser!

Did you know that your eraser can be a drawing tool? Not only that, it produces a quick arty effect which anyone can do. And create frameable art. Quick, do this and impress your friends!

Just follow these simple steps. Better still, do it with your child for company. Family fun, as a bonus!

Simple Steps to 5 minute Art!

What you need:

Pencil, paper and an eraser.

What to do:

1. Just scribble away and cover an area of the paper with fast, furious strokes.

2. Draw the outline of what you want to portray.

3. Rub away with the eraser to show the lit portions of your object.

4. Finish by shading the dark portions with the pencil. Voila!

Tip: Use the eraser to rub away a border for your picture.

Try your own concepts

Did two more, very simple ones to show you that you can draw almost anything this way. You may even try out abstracts if you are absolutely sure you can't draw anything else.

The one below is the same concept, in photoshop. Just put it up for those who want to finish it in photoshop. But there's nothing better than using your hands and paper, and framing it up, finally! Have fun!

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      AMazing!

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      Peter M. Lopez 9 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Excellent. I've dabbled in sketching, but never could get the whole lighting thing down. Thank you.

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      Ricardo Nunes 9 years ago from Portugal

      Woooooaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuu!!!!!

      I´m going to make this with my daughter, she´s going to love this technique.

      Thank you for another great hub!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you, dear gang! Be sure to try it out! Funride, that's great! Everybody share such experiences with children; it will be high quality time! Those who haven't check my hub on finger painting too!

      Your comments inspire me to give away all my secrets!

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      Jackilyn 9 years ago

      That's what my sister does!(it's my other sister not krista.

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      Earth Angel 9 years ago

      You are just the BEST Omar Kenny Shariff!! Just what I needed to help a struggling autistic child with his creavitiy!! Blessings to you wise one!! Earth Angel!!

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      compu-smart 9 years ago from London UK

      I don't have a rubber!! ;)

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      Jason Menayan 9 years ago from San Francisco

      Clever!

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      Isabella Snow 9 years ago

      I love it, Kenny! You're so talented! :)

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      I woke up to read all your kind comments, thank you all!

      Jackilyn, please try it too!

      Earth Angel, I hope both of you have fun! I'll do more hubs like this.

      Compu-smart, I avoided that word, though that's what we call erasers here. lol! Now please go and buy both kinds!

      Livelonger, you are very kind, thank you!

      Aw, Isabella, great to hear that from you! Blush! :)

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Kenny! I'm here at my daughters for the holidays, with my sidekicks. Guess what we'll do tomorrow. I forgot about eraser art. Thanks for the kick into the memory matter.

      Awesome HUB!

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Zsuzsy, I'm delighted to contribute to the sidekicks' fun! Thank you!

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      Now you make my memory kick in and remember

      You awfull kicker

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Lol! I was an artful dodger, now I'm an awful kicker? Thank you, Frank.

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      Cathanne 9 years ago from Washington

      Since I can't draw with a pencil - it's great to know I can draw with an eraser! Thanks, Kenny. Now, I'm going to check out the fingerpainting.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      You might discover that you can, Cathanne! Have fun, that's most important!

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      William F Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I'm glad my children have grown up because I can't even draw a straight line with a ruler! It's fun, though, watching people draw or paint who really know how to do it.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Kenny! The sidekick #1 asked me to give you a message. She would like to say thank you, she had a lot of fun using your technique. 

      (She is on her second or third dozen creations. We'll need to invest in another bunch of fridge magnets)

      Great HUB and thanks again

      regards Zsuzsy and Sidekick 

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      William, draw squiggly lines then! But have fun, most important!

      Zsuzsy, Tell Sidekick#1 that I am delighted and honoured! 

      And when she becomes a famous artist, ask her to remember me!

      I'm so happy that she is also a prolific artist! Way to go, #1! 

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      Abhinaya 9 years ago

      You have taken me down the memory lane Kenny.I remember my art teacher showing so many new things that we could do without much effort.Can I take you as my art teacher now?

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Yes, Abhinaya, I would be delighted! :)

      You took me down memory lane as well; I have had wonderful teachers in my life!

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      Iðunn 9 years ago

      great Hub. I've done some work like this myself long ago in some other lifetime. I prefer pencil/charcoal pencils and in some work it's all about erasing the right part to make something beautiful emerge. maybe sometimes in life too. :p

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      That last thought is high philosophy, Iðunn! Or poetry?

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      Iðunn 9 years ago

      I'm not sure there is a difference. Poetry can be unwritten and unspoken. But I'll admit it gave me yet another unfinished draft after I commented and reread myself. :p

      I actually did what you would call an 'erase' pic of jon anderson, lead vocals of Yes, many years ago. I have moved so many times in my life and I have no idea what box my old half-assed art might be stashed in, but if I find it, I'll try to get a pic of it with my cheap horrible web cam and up it in a Hub for you.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      That's wonderful! And thanks for another profound atement: Poetry can be unwritten and unspoken.

      Re: your art. We are so unkind to our art of yesteryear! Please put it up. 

      With one of your matching poetic pieces, of course! 

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      Iðunn 9 years ago

      If I can find any, I'll see what I can do. I don't have a scanner, just that low quality webcam but I'll poke around after the holidays and see if I can turn anything up.

      I have no art instruction however, so don't expect much. :p I draw like I write, I can only draw what I see.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Which is good enough, Iðunn. Will wait!

      I believe in artists teaching themselves, not in externally trained ones.

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      shailini 9 years ago from Bangalore, India

      wow..another beautiful trick.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you, Shalini, and be sure to try it and teach it!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      another fun thing is to take something from nature,a leaf, a fern and place a piece of paper over the object and use a crayon, pencil,chalk and rub over the paper and watch the image appear. G-Ma :O)

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Ah, the kind G-Ma has just added value to my hub! Thanks, G-Ma, when you do a hub on that, I'll post a link here. With your permission, of course.

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Very clever and looks like a lot of fun. thanks for that

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you, Eileen! Hope you have fun!

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      mercy gama 7 years ago

      that thing is ugly

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 7 years ago from Chennai

      which thing, mercy?

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      Samantha T. 7 years ago

      I think this is a smart way to use a eraser!Thi's rocks!COOL!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 7 years ago from Chennai

      awwwwwwm thanks, Samantha! :))

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