Drawings drawn with graphite shine a lot under even a little light. The paper needs to be held at certain angle for proper viewing. Anyway to reduce or stop this?

  • Is it possible to adjust the light so that it is not in the reflection at the desired viewing angle? – rebusB Jun 10 '18 at 15:17
  • @rebusB Well light source is always not in my hand to control. So... – Bluebug Jun 10 '18 at 15:53

Spray fixative should make the drawing more matte as well as protecting it.

You could also try a layer of acrylic matte medium, sprayed or brushed, but that would be a little more involved and riskier to the original work if it cannot handle the wet medium.

Either way do some test pieces before trying on the finished work.

I also would recommend drawing with a softer lead for dark areas, it will require less working and less material to get the tone you want, which means less buildup and less gloss.

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There is a type of spray that is often used by film production teams called “dulling spray”. It is a spray that kills reflections on anything, because in movies you DO NOT WANT HIGHLIGHTS.

The spray is expensive and quite a challenge to come by, as the best sprays are only distributed by photography and film equipment rental shops.

If you do use it, always spray very light coats - and definitely do a test on another piece of paper before you risk ruining your work.

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    Well that's a new piece of information indeed. Thank you. Although I'm not sure I can find it locally. I found some in Amazon. – Bluebug Jun 11 '18 at 20:37
  • this sounds like its for temorary use (while filming) for a drawing however you would need to ensure its also archival. – Vincent.W. Nov 14 '18 at 15:18

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