Another eraser type that is popular with artists is the art gum eraser, made of gooey, coarse rubber. It is especially suited to removing large areas, and it does not damage the paper. However, they are not very precise. Gum erasers tend to crumble as they are used, so this type leaves a lot of eraser residue. This "eraser dust" must then be brushed away with care, as the eraser particles can leave marks on the paper. Many artists use a tooth brush to sweep away the loose eraser residue. Art gum erasers are commonly tan or brown.
Soft vinyl has a plastic-like texture and erases more cleanly than standard pink erasers. They are somewhat softer and non-abrasive, making them less likely to damage canvas or paper. They are prone to cause smearing when erasing large areas or dark marks, so these erasers are more frequently used for erasing light marks and precision erasing. Engineers favor this type of eraser for work on technical drawings due to their gentleness on paper. Vinyl erasers are commonly white.