Illustrated: Learn Pencil Drawing Techniques Step By Step

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There are different ways to hold a pencil for drawing. There isn't one ideal way, but several choices, depending on what you are trying to accomplish. Start to learn pencil drawing techniques today!

Different Ways For Holding A Pencil


Image * Hold your pencil like a writing instrument, close to the tip, when sketching outlines or adding details to your drawing. This allows maximum control of the pencil.


Image * To draw long, steady or flowing lines, hold the pencil near the middle with the end steadied in your palm. This provides stability and control to produce long, even lines.


Image * Shading larger areas is maximized by holding the pencil in the middle, slanted sideways so it is nearly parallel to the paper. This allows you to use the side of the graphite to create even strokes.


Image * For areas requiring darker shading, hold the pencil near the tip (the pencil is under your hand) and press the side of the tip to the paper. This creates deeper, darker tones for small areas of dark shading.

 

The Ideal Amount Of Pressure For Drawing With Pencils

The amount of pressure needed when drawing with pencils varies depending on the desired effect and the hardness of the pencil. For laying out the basic sketch, use a hard pencil with light pressure.

Softer pencils leave darker lines, so depending on how dark you want the area to be; you will have to adjust pressure. For example, a 9B pencil with a heavy hand will produce a very dark line and with a lighter hand it will still be dark but less so.

There is no general rule for the amount of pressure to use. Experiment with different pencils and pressures to achieve the effects you want.

Only one thing you should keep in mind: for drawing darker lines always prefer using a softer pencil over applying more pressure. The reason: too much pressure may damage the paper.

Learn Drawing With Swift And Smooth Pencil Movements

The most important element of great drawings is the ability to draw with swift and smooth movements.

This requires practice and confidence. To practice drawing smoothly and confidently, begin with your basic sketches using a hard pencil. Use a light hand for this a simple outline of your drawing.

These lines may not even be visible in your finished piece. Do not be overly concerned with each stroke; let your instincts guide you. As you gain more experience, you will become more confident of your skills and techniques. This confidence will inspire the swift smooth strokes of your tools.

Keep a sketchbook with you and when something inspires you, use it! This will help you most to learn pencil drawing.



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PBucs  - Superb   |:
Really nice techniques, thanks a lot!
adangwa thierry  - i love drawing   |:
hello sir
i am adangwa thierry from cameroon for some day now i have being
desiring to be come a great artist but i have never draw before but i beleive i
can become the best
what can i do to know how to draw well for my friend say
iwwas not born to draw that i don't have the tallent
your are bless for ever

ADANGWA THIERRY
nowshad  - thanks   |:
Its really awesome!!! i like all those tips and i think people should too....let
me know more basics about sketching ..........
Rajesh kumar Saw  - Saw   |:
I want to learn pencil drawing picture
Unknown  - Hi Ruediger and all others   |:
thx for all you've done I just created my own
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there names send me an email and ill respond as soon as I can
summer  - learn draw   |:
Hi , help me to be come a artist
jackie  - thanks   |:
Thanks for the tips on how to hold a pencil. My skills are getting better every
day. Please post us more tips
Tricia  - Just drawing   |:
it's so nice to just draw anything when life's so hard sometimes ; it
helps to make good decisions for my family. Straightens out stuff. thank you so
much for your great kindness. It's really nice when something works out well,
and you do the lessons so clearly it's terrific. Nothing like seeing it being
done instead of trying on your own.
magda  - sure you can draw   |:
its only like when you practice piano, over and over and suddenly everthing
falls into place.
sometimes it help even to talk to yourself and still
practice. you must make time for yourself every day, and start drawing.this will
help you.
Terry  - Thanks for all your tips!   |:
Thanks for all of your tips. My skills have increased greatly since I started
receiving your newsletter and tips.

Keep up the great work!!
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