Shading, hair, backgrounds… Greys, shades and all kinds of mini motifs take a long time to do with a pen: use screens, the way all the greatest contemporary mangakas do! The quick and easy way to get it right.
There is a plethora of different screens. These are adhesive sheets with dots, lines or motifs in various shades of gray.
Applying a screen is precision work, and requires specific material:
A dusting brush (a big feather, for instance) to remove eraser crumbs and pencil lead dust before placing the screen.
Before getting started, clean the relevant surface: dust, finger marks, and eraser chunks need to be removed to ensure a perfect application!
The main steps: