Beginer Pencil Drawings Pencil Sketch

May 19, 2019 6:02 am by theundertown
Easy sketches to draw with pencil for beginners to draw for pencil drawing at getdrawings
Beginners sketch pencils basic pencils for sketching beginner pencil sketching pencil
Beginer Pencil Drawings Pencil Sketch

Less can be more! The 70/30 rule helps you create effective compositions. The idea is that 30 per cent of your sketch is filled with the main focus and detail, and the remaining 70 per cent is filler. This less interesting area helps direct attention towards the main subject of your artwork. You can see the rule in action in Von Rueden’s sketch above.

  • Graphic Design
  • Essential Tips
  • All Topics
  • Web Design
  • Art
  • Typography
  • Illustration

No spam, we promise. You can unsubscribe at any time and we’ll never share your details without your permission.

The next drawing technique concerns line weight. Having control over my line weight is a great way to separate objects from one another, and can help emphasise shadows. Thicker lines can fade and disappear into the shadows, which can help convey the 3D form.

When covering large areas, I shade with my pencil perpendicular to the line I’m drawing to get wide, soft lines. For details, I hold my pencil parallel to my lines to get sharp, narrow marks. The only time I use the point is when I’m working on intricate details.

In this article, I’ll share seven expert pencil drawing techniques to help you take your skills to the next level, whether you want to create stylised or realistic pencil drawings. Take a look at the video above to see these pencil drawing techniques in action, or read on for my expert tips. 

I also like to view my drawing in a mirror, through a camera, or step away from it. This way, I can get different vantage points on my drawing and detect if anything is off.

Shifts in the width and darkness of your lines will create interest

No matter what kind of artist you are, the chances are pencil drawing was the skill that helped you learn how to draw, and the one that kicked off your artistic journey. Throughout my career as a character designer and visual development artist, I’ve realised that having a strong respect and understanding of the process and fundamentals of drawing is essential to becoming a better artist. And what’s more fundamental than pencil drawing?

  • Art techniques: top tutorials for painting and drawing
  • Photoshop CC 2019 review
  • The 12 best websites to download stock art
  • How to achieve scale in your paintings

When I’ve checked my drawing, I check again. I have to nail down its underpinnings before I can add details. I really avoid guessing at the details; I want to make sure things are symmetrical and look right before putting down stronger and harder lines. I constantly ask myself, does this feel right? 

Before you start, you need to pick the best pencils for the job. The hardness of the graphite is indicated on the side of the pencil: ‘B’ pencils are softer, ‘H’ are harder, and ‘HB’ sits in the middle – there’s a big difference between a 4H and a 4B. “I recommend starting somewhere on the H scale as a foundation and then finishing with the darker B scale,” says travelling convention artist Tim Von Rueden.

Next page: Advanced sketching tips to take your drawings to a new level

The first step is to master how to hold a pencil correctly. When I draw, I use not the tip but the side of the lead, in order to maximise its utility. Holding my pencil like I would charcoal also keeps it sharper for longer.

Create subtle shading by smudging large areas of soft charcoal

Like every other artist I know, even after I’ve signed my name, I will sometimes continue tinkering with my drawings. I can always find something to change if I look hard enough, so it can be difficult to tell when a piece is truly finished.

Use varied lines, says illustrator Rovina Cai. “Not all lines are equal. Subtle shifts in the width and darkness of your lines will create a dynamic, visually interesting drawing. Controlling the kind of mark you put down can be tricky in the beginning, but with practice you will be able to create a variety of marks that work together to make a cohesive image. Experiment with different pencil grades (from 3H to 6B) and with holding the pencil at different angles.”

This is a valuable beginner’s tip: I always put a piece of paper under my hand to keep from smudging my drawing.

Keep your main focal point within around 30 per cent of the image

Keep a nice contrast going between a finished look and a more of a sketchy feel

  • All Topics
  • Essential Tips
  • Illustration
  • Typography
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Art

If anything seems off – even if I can’t immediately put my finger on what it is – I trust my gut and troubleshoot my drawing before continuing.

Use an extra piece of paper under your hand to avoid smudging your work

The second method I use is working in patches, which help define shape. Patches of lines go around the form, which help keep things in perspective. This drawing technique is also great for backgrounds and adding texture.

When I start drawing, I plan and explore using loose lines, and avoid committing too early with hard, dark lines. As I progress my lines will change, so checking and rechecking my work is vital. I darken my lines and add details at the end. I don’t focus on one area for too long to prevent overdrawing.

When you’re learning how to draw, it’s also worth considering using mechanical pencils alongside traditional ones. “Mechanical pencils are usually better suited for precision, while traditional pencils are great for laying down large areas of texture,” says Von Rueden. “Keep in mind that most mechanical pencils come with HB pre-inserted, which gives you only the middle range to work with.”

To avoid your initial scribbles showing through, Lewis uses a particular art technique. “Use spare paper to doodle a big swatch of soft graphite or charcoal pencil, then use a large blending stick to pick up the soft dust to use for your image,” she explains. “Keep using the blending stick and adding more scribbles as you need more graphite.” You can then build up darker areas to create definition.

“If you position your hand closer to the end of the pencil, you have more control and precision, but heavier strokes (darker markings),” says illustrator Sylwia Bomba. “Gripping further up the pencil will give you less control and precision, but lighter strokes (lighter markings).” 

“When shading, use an extra piece of paper underneath your hand,” advises artist Brun Croes. “This will minimise the amount your hand smudges your pencil lines. If you’re right-handed, start shading from left to right; if you’re left-handed, start at the right and move to the left.

It is possible to create smooth, blended effects using pencils – for example, to capture a sky. “Sometimes it’s preferable for your shading to be less sketchy and more smooth and subtle,” says artist Marisa Lewis. “Pencil lines don’t blend perfectly unless you’re very careful.” 

For more advice, read our article on how to hold a pencil correctly. 

I try to avoid outlining my drawings because this tends to make things look flat and deadens the 3D effect. Breaks and spaces in my lines show form in the lights and shadows.

“There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to make a clean-looking drawing that loses its brilliance and value thanks to smudging. Instead, use smudging to your advantage every now and then to smooth out shading. You can do this with several tools. I use a simple piece of tissue paper to get the job done.”

There are plenty of sketching techniques to help you achieve different styles and effects. Above are some examples demonstrating different ways to create form and depth. “It’s important to experiment and find what works best for you, to not only complement but enhance your style,” explains Von Rueden. “While I prefer smoother value transitions with the pencil strokes blending in against a thin outline, you may be more partial to cross-hatching against a bold outline.”

I like to shade in two main ways: the first is with all of my lines going in the same direction, which makes my shading appear more cohesive. This pencil drawing technique also helps my details pop out from the lines I’m using for shading.

  • Art
  • Pencil drawing techniques: 7 tips to improve your skills

But remember that a drawing can be overdone! Eventually, I make a conscious decision to put my drawing away and start something new. That’s when I consider my drawing done. Well, maybe…

For more in-depth advice on composition to how to capture light and shadow, take a look at our art techniques article. And if you’re still trying to find the right tools for the job, we also have a guide to finding the best pencil for your drawing style.

Getting started with sketching can be more daunting than you might expect. In this article, seasoned artists give their top sketching tips to help you on your sketching journey. On this page you’ll find advice for getting started, or jump to page 2 for some tips on how to elevate your sketching skills. Here you’ll find tips on the technical skills you need to master, as well as techniques for getting inspired.

A good starting point is to consider if the texture is rough or smooth, and then if it absorb or reflects light. “A reflecting and smooth texture, such as chrome, usually has higher contrasts and prominent highlights, while an absorbing and rough texture like cotton has low contrasts and little to no highlight present,” he continues.

“I like symmetrical drawings, but they often look boring all too quickly,” says Croes. “A good way to prevent this is to add some subtle changes and only keep the general lines symmetrical instead of mirroring every small part. Keeping some elements asymmetrical helps to avoid boring repetition.”

  • How to master colour theory
  • How to draw a rose
  • Get started with ink drawing

Consider if the material is rough or smooth, and if it absorbs or reflects light

  • The 12 best websites to download stock art
  • Photoshop CC 2019 review
  • How to achieve scale in your paintings
  • Art techniques: top tutorials for painting and drawing

When drawing something symmetrical, I focus on the spaces between the lines, and of course keep reevaluating as I go along.

Sign up below to get the latest from Creative Bloq, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox!

Envato Market has a range of items for sale to help get you started.

Click the icons in the top right of the pictures to enlarge them

  • Illustration
  • 20 sketching tips to help you make your first marks

To show different textures within your sketch, you need to adjust your technique. “You wouldn’t want to shade skin the same way you shade metallics or fur. They each have unique properties and capturing that will elevate your drawings because of the accuracy depicted,” says Von Rueden. 

Von Rueden uses four different sketching techniques to define object edges: thin, hard, lost and undefined. A thin and hard edges give objects solid borders. Lost edges occur when the object and background values start to blend together, so the edge is implied rather than defined. Undefined edges need to be deciphered by the viewer themselves. He suggests exploring all four types, and combining them to create interest within your work.

Shading with unified lines versus shading in patches produces a different feel

Related Images of Beginer Pencil Drawings Pencil Sketch
Easy pencil drawing for beginners girl eating a bubblegum
836x1024 pencil sketches easy easy pencil sketch ideas easy pencil drawing pencil sketches for beginners
Cool easy drawings pencil drawing a girl for beginners funny
Pics for easy tumblr sketches drawing
1025x1439 basic pencil sketching beginner pencil drawing at getdrawings learn pencil sketching
Cool pencil drawing a dancing girl for beginners easy
With tutorialrhcraftsycom s sketching how to draw house rhslycom s basic pencil drawing pictures for sketching how to draw house easy rhslycom a realistic
Easy landscape sketches easy pencil sketches of landscapes for beginners hd wallpaper
Landscape drawing for beginners with pencil sketching and shading simple pencil drawing
785x1024 easy pencil sketching easy pencil sketch ideas easy pencil drawing easy sketching ideas for
Easy landscape drawings landscape sketching for beginners lt images amp galleries
Pencil drawing of an eye for beginners pencil sketching and shading of eye
Easy pencil drawings of fairies for beginners google search
Girl with butterfly drawing for beginners pencil sketch
1062x800 pencil sketches beginner scenery drawing pictures www sketches for beginners
Pencil sketches for beginners
How to draw a comprehensive drawing course still life landscapes buildings people and
Drawing for beginner to draw house pencil drawing
Basic landscape pencil drawing and how to draw easy and simple landscape for beginners with pencil
Straight hair demo step 2 lee hammond drawing hair for beginners in graphite
1233x1600 beginner pencil sketches sketch art for beginners
The best drawing pencil sets of 2019
Realistic eye step by step pencil drawing on paper for beginners aboutface 3
Easy pencil drawing for beginner simple pencil drawings for
For beginner pencil drawing for beginners girl eating
Easy pencil drawings for beginners new beautiful pencil drawings pencil sketches of nature landscapes
Drawings step by step inspirationa easy pencil drawing step by step easy pencil drawing for beginners
833x1024 pencil sketch drawing beginners very easy pencil drawings
Pencil drawing of a cat with the sketcher's hand
Drawing Of A Horse Step By Step
Drawing Of A Horse Step By Step

Drawing Of A Horse Step By StepDrawing Of A Horse Step By Step The actual tail is quite short and […]

Alone Girls Penting Pencil Sketch
Alone Girls Penting Pencil Sketch

Alone Girls Penting Pencil SketchAlone Girls Penting Pencil Sketch Sad meaningful drawings google search How to draw a girl sitting […]

Arts Drawing Painting
Arts Drawing Painting

Arts Drawing PaintingArts Drawing Painting Concordia Stores IT services Job opportunities Security Shuttle bus Student Service Centre (Birks) All campus […]

Images Of Pencil Sketches Of Animals
Images Of Pencil Sketches Of Animals

Images Of Pencil Sketches Of AnimalsImages Of Pencil Sketches Of Animals Images Of Pencil Sketches Of AnimalsRelated Images of Images […]

Drawings Of Anime Cute Girl And Boy Love
Drawings Of Anime Cute Girl And Boy Love

Drawings Of Anime Cute Girl And Boy LoveDrawings Of Anime Cute Girl And Boy Love 1023×1024 Sad Pic Drawing For […]

Best Drawing In The World Images
Best Drawing In The World Images

Best Drawing In The World ImagesBest Drawing In The World Images 1280×720 Best Drawings In The World Best Drawing In […]