By continuing your visit to this site, you accept the use of cookies. They ensure the proper functioning of our services and display relevant ads. Learn more about cookies and act

Not yet registered? Create a OverBlog!

Create my blog

How to hold a pencil when drawing?

It may sound like the most elementary of skills but choosing the correct pencil and holding it correctly will have a profound impact on the quality of your sketches. In this article, we'll show you how to get the best out of your drawing materials.

Choosing the correct pencil

Pencils are rated on a scale which refers to their softness. Most pencils will be rated H - these are good all purpose pencils which can give a variety of tone and rendering effects.
As a rule, the more precise the line you wish to draw, the harder the pencil you should choose. Harder pencils are known as H pencils. A 3H is harder than a 2H and so on up until a 9H pencil. A writing pencil should be an HB or H grade. Artistic sketches
For, artistic sketches B or soft pencils are used. 9B is the softest and is very similar to charcoal. These pencils need sharpening often and generally used by artists for shadows and large areas of shading.

Holding the pencil

If you are working with children, there are a range of products which will show learners how to how to hold a pencil. Pencil grippers have been used for years to improve hand writing and develop proper technique. Pen grips come in a variety of sizes and shapes which encourage proper grip.
If you wish to improve your sketching, then holding the pencil correctly is only part of the battle. To become a successful artist, you need to practice simple exercises with a pencil that will develop your technique. Whilst it is true that the best artists use a degree of natural talent, the basics can be learned and practised, just like a golf swing or a musical instrument.
Search the internet for "drawing calisthenics" for some simple exercises. These exercises allow artists to develop a variety of techniques, grips and encourage the common repetition of basic shapes such as ellipses and straight lines. Once you are confident that you are holding your pencil correctly and are using and applying techniques you have practiced, make sure you have the right materials.
Good quality cartridge paper and a plastic eraser are essential equipment to the artist. People who wish to engage in technical drawing however, will need a drawing board, steel rule, french curves and a good array of propelling pencils.
Further drawing
Contrary to popular belief, drawing is a skill that can be learned by anyone. Check for courses in your local community centre to meet other like minded enthusiasts and to develop your technique.

Same category articles Art & Design

All about Chinese symbol of love

All about Chinese symbol of love

The Chinese symbol of love is based around the symbol for the heart. It shows a desire to offer one’s heart to someone else. It is a human hand reaching out or extending the heart to a person’s hand for friendship. It is called ‘Ai.’ The word love in Chinese is an amalgamation of concepts taught by Confucius, Mozi and Laozi.
How to learn Chinese brush painting

How to learn Chinese brush painting

There is no doubt that traditional Chinese art is one of the most beautiful forms of art that exists. When it comes to having a go at Chinese brush painting yourself however, there are several considerations to take into account. The essential thing about this art form is the way in which the materials used can have a major impact on the results. Here, we will look at the five most important factors in Chinese artwork.
Where to find art prints for sale

Where to find art prints for sale

Fine art prints are available from a number of locations including online retailers, art galleries and even poster stores. This article helps you find art prints for sale.
A review of Amy Brown fairies

A review of Amy Brown fairies

The art of fairy painting has been around for several decades and shows no sign of losing popularity. Fairies are in tattoos, Gothic statues, calendars, murals, needle craft, ceramics and t-shirts. Amy Brown was born in 1972, when interest in Victorian fairy art was resurfacing. Without formal art training, Amy began painting fairies and dragons in her early twenties. This article reviews some of Amy Brown's fairy fantasy artwork.