Pencil Art Drawings

How To Begin Pencil Art Drawings

Every child starts with a pencil. Before we could learn to write letters and draw real images, little hands would scribble and draw free shapes. Even in the actual art of drawing, pencil is still the most prominent material and style.

 The uniqueness of pencil drawing is the fact that it knows no specific skill. Beginners use pencil while expert illustrators rely on pencil drawings for their arts. Thus, if you are learning how to draw or taking up art classes, you may need to practice and take an interest in pencil drawings. Also you must have an interest and passion for drawing

Image via SleeproomImage Credit Sleeproom

Here is an uncomplicated and simple pencil drawing of a rose: You see how the rose petals are drawn with one sweep of the wrist and hand.

 

On the hand, you will be astonished how pencils can create mind-blowing 3D images like the works of Italian illustrator, Alessandro Diddi - as seen on the right here with his drawing of a snake. 

 

Alessandro Diddi.drawing of cool SnakeAlessandro Diddi.Drawing of Cool Snake

To begin the basics of pencil drawings, you must gather all necessary materials and techniques. Of course, the pencil but what is the best kind to use for this type of art?

 Choose the #2 pencil and have both hard and soft pencils. Pencils are labeled in letters – H for hard and B for soft – so get both of them.

 Next is paper, for beginners, pick sketch paper. You can move to the thicker archival drawing paper as your skill progresses. Lastly, get a manual pencil sharper and eraser.

Now, the sketching – learn to practice sketching just how dancers would stretch before going on stage. Practice shading using your hard and soft pencil as well as shading using the point of the pencil as well as the side of the pencil. Once done, look at the differences.  You will notice that shading using the point of the pencil results to finer sketches and it give you more control. On the other hand, the side of the pencil gives grainier shades.

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Spend a little time shading back and forth. Shading with less angle and more angle. Be patient (it is also relaxing!) as shading is a necessary and a fundamental part of pencil drawing.

Here are the different types of sketches that you can start practicing – stippling, scumbling, hatching and cross-hatching.

Let’s proceed with the actual drawing. The easiest method for beginners is to pick a photograph. Choose one simple image, for example, a cake, a flower or a cup. Go out and look at your surrounding.

 Next, draw the outline and from there proceed by adding texture and details using the different shading techniques.

Here is an easy drawing to follow and to learn

 Image by Diane Wright via Art Instruction Blog

 The image above perfectly shows the basic steps in pencil drawing – outline, textures and details.

Keep on practicing with different objects and then challenge yourself by pencil drawing more complex images.

 Enjoy Your Drawing!

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