“An eraser stick, is a great tool for getting into small areas of your drawing that other erasers are too big for. Make sure you get an eraser stick that has a very thin tip. Some eraser sticks have too blunt of a tip and, they’re difficult to use.
Usually the eraser stick is best used towards the end of the drawing when you’re adding details. You don’t need to press very hard with the eraser stick. The charcoal actually lifts really easily and, at this point, at the end of a drawing, your (drawing) pace is going to slow down quite a bit and so, the tightness of the eraser stick is really good for that.
In this drawing you can see how the eraser stick allowed the student to refine and, carefully consider each detail. The student was able to accomplish beautiful fluid lines with the eraser stick that enhanced her drawing tremendously.
The eraser stick is also great for cross hatching. Cross hatching is a drawing technique where you take groups of lines and, you cross and layer them on top of each other.
This drawing was done entirely with cross hatching. The student first toned the paper grey with vine charcoal and, then they used only an eraser stick and a charcoal pencil to create many layers of cross hatching. The more layers of lines you have in a cross-hatch drawing the more substantial your drawing will be.”