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Pencil drawing guide: Where to start and which materials you need

Simple steps to turn better your skills

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Pencil drawing is the most practiced hobby ever, but despite common people, you probably need to elevate your drawing level to a higher one.Right? Would you like to learn how to draw in pencil in the right way, and capture your visions on paper in an expressive way? When we were children, the entire story was easier. We didn’t care what tool ended up in our hands: a marker pen, a pastel or a crayon. All we had to do was draw, and we were happy. When we became adults, having that feeling of satisfaction became more difficult, because of our self-pressure. But, it only takes a little to find your passion for pencil drawing again and, with a little more patience, feel satisfied like you did when you were a child.
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Pencil Drawing: How to capture your visions on paper?

Pencil Drawing: Where to start improving

To start your artistic rush, you need a good pencil and a drawing paper block, as well as a white eraser, a kneadable eraser, and a sharpener. With these tools, you can draw anywhere. The beauty of drawing is that it doesn’t require an atelier or the preparation of different art materials. In order to learn how to draw you need to start with simple subjects: like the ones you have next to you on your desk, on the dining table, next to the bed. A bottle, an apple, a candle… these will be the perfect starting subjects. Our advice is to write on each of your sketches the date of execution so that you can track – in the following weeks and months – your improvements. Once you have reached a good level of confidence drawing these subjects, you can move on to more complex ones, such as faces or the human body. In addition to direct observation, it may be useful to study anatomy, to make sure you draw will have the right proportions and elements.

The Materials You Need:

The fundamental point to improve your pencil drawing is a continuous exercise. Nothing is better than practice: draw every day, for at least half an hour or an hour. The results are guaranteed. Luckly, none of our first pencil drawings will be exhibited in the Louvre. For this reason, we advise you to proceed calmly, taking your time. In the beginning, you could dedicate yourself to some manual exercises so that you can use your pencil drawing in the best possible way. Try to make types of curved lines, try to draw circles – or ovals – in series, draw short straight lines in every direction, draw sharp and obtuse angles… in short, experiment as much as possible to gain confidence and speed! Finally, train yourself in hatching and changing pressure levels. With this practice, you will be able to master your pencil technique. Follow these examples: pencil drawing_artguilds
“…Try to make types of curved lines, try to draw circles – or ovals – in series…”

Pencil drawing: Practical exercises

How Can I Choose The Right Pencil For Me?

There are soft graphite pencils like 2B, 4B, 6B, and 8B, which are the most suitable for artistic sketches, but you can use dry charcoals and sanguine pencils too. Here are the differences between these three mediums: The charcoal pencils are designed to support sudden ideas and quick sketches but, since they are dry and very delicate, they need a final fixative; The classic graphite pencils are available in different degrees of hardness, and they allow you a wide variety of choices and work of art: from the rough sketches to the architectural type of drawing ; The sanguine pencils can create effects that are very close to charcoal pencils’ final results, but allow you to make sketches with a very high visual impact, thanks to their peculiar shade and their high blending capabilities.


Start again drawing with ease. You don’t have to suddenly show the world you’re the next Van Gogh or Leonardo. It may takes a few month but you’ll be amazed by the results. If you take it with ease, working with one medium and simple subjects and than moving to the complex ones, you won’t be frustrated, I promise! If you like this story on pencil drawing,”Complementary colors: How to Understand color harmony” Now, draw, draw, draw, and draw again!


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