Adding The Finishing Touches To Our Pencil Portrait
Sealing the lead is simply spraying a specialized liquid called Fixative Spray over the pencil portrait to add a protective film over it which will guard against any smudging of the lead.
Before we do this, though we have to be certain we are happy with the final result as no alterations can be made once the lead is sealed.
Checks And Reworks
Before we start adding our finishing touches to our pencil portrait, it is important you double… no, triple-check you have a true resemblance to your photo’s subject.
To help with this, I have compiled a Troubleshooting Checklist in the Free Resources section, which you can also print off and keep for future reference.
If you are not sure, then walk away and sleep on it and look again with some fresh eyes in the morning. You will be surprised how this can make a difference.
Now We Can Finish
For this you will need;
- Putty Rubber
- 2B Pencil
- Sealant Spray
Feels good, eh!
Sleep on it if you need to.
Then go ahead and lay the portrait flat and use some Blu-Tac to stick the corners down to avoid warping, and in a well ventilated area, evenly apply Fixative Spray over the portrait in a flowing motion.
Leave that to dry over night, and in the morning we can apply the mount and frame our masterpiece in Step 10- The Final Step.