I have always drawn with watercolour pencils (dry) and love them but recently I got some new pencils which smudge really easily. They are fantastic to draw with and give great results but I am a messy artist and end up covered and sometimes messing bits up.
I would love any suggestions as to how best to protect the work I have done so I can enjoy my new pencils as much as my usual ones.
If you aren`t going to use water on the work, would a very light spray of workable fixative help? I don`t work with colored pencils all that much, but have worked with pastels, and found that a very light spray of fixative helped prevent smudges.
I also work with watercolor pencils over my acrylic paint to define certain areas and add fine detail. I tend to use a piece of paper to protect my work. For me this works but I don't work on paper so I don't know if that makes a difference.
I used to use hair spray all the time. It's much cheaper than a fixative (well in France anyways).
I know that MightyFineArt for example works from the top left to bottom right. He finishes each section he works on rather than work on the entire drawing at once. I think this may make it easier to keep your work clean since you can then lean on paper to protect your drawing. He has some step by step tutorial videos in the video section here.
I also know that DorsArt is somewhat of an expert with colored pencils. She also did a tutorial which is posted in the forum. She would be happy if you sent her a pm to ask her.