By Sara Barnes, Veronica Winters, Jessie Oleson Moore and Sandrine Pelissier on May 27, 2018
Learn how to draw a horse in motion with graphite pencils in this lesson.
Creating a continuous line drawing is an easy and effective drawing exercise. Learn the “ends and outs” of creating one in this tutorial.
This video demonstration shows you how to draw hands quickly and easily
An introduction to “25 Days to Better Drawings” and a look at the materials that will be used throughout the course.
Learn how to use line to define objects and create the illusion of form.
A look at drawing hair using a step by step approach of developing values and textures.
Learn how to draw with value in order to create the illusion of light and form in this recorded live lesson.
Learn how easy it can be to draw hands in this free drawing tutorial.
Learn how to create the illusion of space using one point perspective in this free drawing lesson video.
Learn how to draw the basic forms that are the building blocks for more complex objects in this drawing lesson.
Learn how to use sighting, measuring, and mapping to ensure greater accuracy in your drawings.
Learn how to create value studies and sketches quickly with water-soluble graphite
Learn how to draw hands from different angles using basic shapes and value in this full length video recorded form a live lesson.
Learn how to draw with water-soluble graphite in this video tutorial.
Every drawing begins with a sketch. There are three main methods for getting the sketch just right which all involve extrapolating the information in front of you and using only what’s necessary, to relate objects to one another, understand the linear perspective and develop accurate forms.
Learn how to manipulate value to create the illusion of hair.
Learn the basics of drawing with the exercise known as “Blind Contour Line Drawing” in this drawing video.
A detailed lesson series on drawing a realistic light bulb with graphite on smooth Bristol paper.
Use a sharp tool to make small indentations in your paper; when you draw over the area, the graphite will not reach the indented areas. This is a great method to make whiskers, blades of grass or to draw any other super fine lines.
Learn how to draw an imagined 3D maze using two point perspective in this lesson.
Five one hour lessons and exercises on the basics of drawing.
How to use value to create the illusion of convincing rocks in the landscape in this full length video.
How to draw from life and create accurate reproductions of what you are observing.
A look at drawing the eye from a profile view using a step by step approach of observation and application of material.
How to create the illusion of texture in a graphite drawing and the factors that most contribute to success. The second of three subjects is explored in this module.
Learn how to draw hair in this ultimate guide that demonstrates a four-step process.
Graphite pencils come in various degrees of hardness, from 9H (the hardest) to 9B (the softest). H stands for hardness and B for blackness, so a 9H pencil will be very hard and light, and a 9B pencil will be very soft and black.
Learn how to create the illusion of space with one point perspective.
Learn how to create the illusion of space with three point perspective.
Learn how to keep your drawings clean from start to finish in this time lapse video of a completed drawing.
Learn how to draw with colored graphite (Graphitint pencils) in this recorded Live Lesson.
Learn how to use value to create the illusion of form and light in this tutorial that features excerpts from a 1 hour drawing demonstration.
Invest in an eraser. Even if your pencil has an eraser on the end, it will be worn down in no time. A soft gum eraser or a “big pink” eraser (like a pencil eraser but larger) are both good choices, and typically retail for $1 or less.
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Graphite drawings can easily get messy, so it’s always a good idea to use something, like a sheet of paper under your hand, to avoid smudging your drawing. You can also try to work from left to right if you are right-handed or right to left if you are left-handed to minimize the risk of having your hand going over an already drawn area.
Learn the secret to drawing reflective surfaces in this recorded live lesson.
A detailed look at drawing an architectural landscape with graphite on charcoal paper.
Learn how to use shading and manipulate light to create the illusion of form in a drawing.
Learn how loosening up can lead to greater accuracy in your drawings. Tackle the challenging shapes of circles and ellipses in this lesson’s drawing exercises.
Comparative measurement involves seeing the ratios between the objects and using the negative space as a measuring device. For instance, an apple might be two times smaller than a vase placed next to it; a child could be three times shorter than an adult. In other words, you relate one object to the next by placing invisible comparative lines to demonstrate the relationships.
How to create the illusion of texture in a graphite drawing and the factors that most contribute to success. The first of three subjects is explored in this module.
Learn how to use water-soluble graphite in this full length video demonstration.
Learn how to create smooth gradations of value using hatching and cross hatching.
Learn basic facial proportions and take a close look at each feature in these recorded live lessons.
Some artists produce energetic, rough lines, while others make deliberate, careful contours. The quality of the line determines how interesting your subject looks.
Learn how the concept of cross contour lines can help us to better understand the form of a subject and determine directional stroking when adding shading to a drawing.
A look at drawing reflective surfaces with graphite pencils (2 lessons).
Learn how to draw an eye using blending stumps and blending tortillons in this full length recorded Live Lesson.
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The grid method is often used to enlarge the drawing for a mural painting or a large artwork. This old method involves dividing the drawing into equal squares. Then, you compare and transfer abstracted shapes from the squares to the enlarged surface. This technique helps to see the comparative relationships between the objects.
Portrait Drawing The Smart Way – Triangular Grid Drawing – 3 Lessons
Learn pencil techniques to create the illusion of a realistic tree in this recorded live lesson.
Learn the placement of the facial features and how this information can be used to draw any portrait.
Learn how to break complex subjects down into easy to draw shapes. Apply this concept to a complex subject with a drawing exercise.
Learn the two key components that lead to the illusion of texture in a drawing. Apply concepts to draw the texture of wood.
Learn how to draw a realistic portrait using the grid technique. Develop the value within the scene with graphite and white charcoal.
Learn the different types of graphite that artists use in this video tutorial.
A look at drawing the structure of what lies beneath the face and head – the skull (frontal view).
A look at drawing the eye from a frontal view using a step by step approach of observation and application of material.
Learn how to draw facial proportions from 5 different angles in this full length video tutorial.
Though pricier, the Faber-Castell 9000 Graphite Pencils also come in sets of different grades of hardness and have superior black, break-resistant leads.
Learn how to draw complex subjects by piecing together simple, basic forms.
An introduction to “Pencil Drawing – The Guide to Graphite”.
Learn the power of value and how to use it to create the illusion of form and volume.
Learn how to draw a sphere and the proper terminology on shading in this free drawing lesson video.
Try to get a wide array of tones on your drawing ranging from very light to very dark. A true black is difficult to obtain with graphite because when the paper is saturated with graphite, it will glare. You can use charcoal in your pencil drawings to obtain a real black.
The negative space helps to find distances between the shapes. In the photo below, the negative space is the background around the cat, which helps you find the distances between the cat’s ears or toes.
Learn how to draw feet from several different angles in this full length video tutorial.
The basics of drawing with one point perspective, a form of linear perspective.
Learn the three factors to creating smooth shading in drawing.
Learn how to group basic shapes together to draw complex subjects.
Learn how to draw a bird with basic shapes and render the image with pencil and white charcoal.
Learn how value affects the illusion of light and form on a subject and how contrast can be used to create the illusion of depth.
A look at drawing the nose from a frontal view by placing basic shapes and adding shading / value to create the illusion of form and texture.
Learn how to create the illusion of texture found on highly reflective surfaces. Practice concepts learned with a drawing exercise.
A look at drawing the mouth and teeth using a structured approach of observation and application of media.
An eight part video series on drawing a representational portrait with graphite pencil.
The basics of drawing with three point perspective, a form of linear perspective.
In this module, we’ll learn how to use value to create the illusion of light and form in a drawing.
To block in the subject, make a simplified division between the light and the dark parts of a composition. Observe the light, how it travels across the form and where it turns to shadow. Sketch in the shadows first, as you can see in the sketch above on the left.
Learn how to draw with blending tools like blending stumps and tortillons.
Crosshatching is simply two directions of hatching layered atop one another. The more strokes you layer, the finer and darker the area is going to be.
The ultimate guide to drawing trees with four lessons included. Lesson one teaches you how to draw a tree with graphite pencils.
Think it takes talent to draw? In this webinar, you’ll see that it doesn’t and that you CAN draw anything that you wish. Drawing exercises are included.
A look at recognizing and drawing the planes of the face and the head.
Learn how to draw from photographs to produce accurate results.
See all of the steps in this creation of a portrait in graphite in this video.
Learn some of the common graphite drawing techniques in this free drawing lesson.
For a pencil that can create both broad strokes and precise lines, go with Cretacolor’s Monolith woodless pencil (included in this Cretacolor Silver Box Graphite Drawing Set). These pencils have a protective lacquer coating, are easy to sharpen and range in hardness from HB (medium) to 9B (extra soft).
Learn and explore the different grades of graphite pencils used by artists and strategies for sharpening your pencil in this course module.
See all of steps in the creation of this drawing of a dog in graphite in this video.
Produce unique textures by placing the paper over an object and rubbing your pencil back and forth.
Learn how to draw a realistic eye following a step by step approach.
Learn how to draw a realistic feather. Use shape, line, and value to create realistic textures.
Even if you just washed your hands, there is always a tiny residue of oil on your skin that might go onto the paper and make the graphite more difficult to remove. For that reason, you might want to avoid blending with your finger. Experiment with different materials — tissue paper or cotton swabs works well for that purpose as well as stumps. Don’t throw away your stumps when they are dirty, as they can be used to apply a light layer of graphite.
A look at light and shadow in a drawing, the importance of value, and the role of contrast.
Learn how to create a value finder, a useful tool for drawing.
Learn how to draw the figure in perspective in this drawing lesson.
A look at sketching with graphite. Sketching as a study, for form, and as a preliminary drawing.
The basic facial proportions and spacial relationships of the features of the head.
Learn the basics of drawing with graphite in its various forms.
These come in handy when you draw uneven surfaces, like a leafy bush or a tree.
Learn how to draw a face with graphite. Both male and female examples, and the profile view are explored in 4 video demonstrations and illustrations.
The blending of graphite works best with a paper stump or a small piece of sketch paper. Don’t rub the surface, however, because it ends up looking smudged. Strive for a nice and even application of pigment, which requires just a bit of blending. Blending tends to make all tones (values) look as the middle tone. Thus, it’s important to re-establish the darkest areas and to work on the highlights afterward.
Learn how to draw a figure in perspective with a simple step by step approach.
Steps for creating a simple pencil drawingOnce you’ve practiced the various techniques and mark-making, you can implement them into a single drawing. 1. Sketch your subject
Get yourself a good pencil sharpener. A great choice for beginners is a manual pencil sharpener with two openings. Each cavity is suitable for sharpening the pencil to a different type of tip; this means that every pencil can be sharpened to multiple points, making one more versatile.
Create a quick sketch of a skull in just 30 minutes using basic forms and shapes to ensure accuracy.
Learn how to draw basic forms by starting with simple shapes. Create the illusion of form through the use of value and tone.
Learn how to create the illusion of space with two point perspective.
Learn to get loose with graphite pencil drawing in this full length demonstration of a drawing of a dog.
Harder pencils are sharp and can be used for details. They’re easier to erase but more difficult to blend. You can use them for very light shading, but it would be difficult to shade a large area with a hard pencil.
25 Days to Better Drawings – Sighting, Measuring, and Mapping
Learn how to draw with Graphitint pencils in this lesson. Graphitint pencils are colored graphite pencils.
Learn the stages to artistic development and why they are important to drawing improvement.
Graphitint pencils are used to sketch a lion in this tutorial.
Learn how to use powdered graphite to develop an underpainting and create a drawing of a dog.
Explore the different erasers used for erasing graphite. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each eraser.
A kneaded eraser very effectively removes graphite from the page, allowing you to define highlights in your work.
Learn the basics of figure drawing. A four step approach to creating accurate proportions is explored.
This involves is applying the pigment using the side of a pencil tip. Such soft shading is necessary around the highlights for a realistic appearance.
Drawing with pencil is an accessible method of creating artwork at any skill level. It requires minimal materials, and even beginners have a strong grasp of how to use this medium.
Learn how to draw a figure quickly and with correct proportions.
Learn how to draw realistic eyes in this free drawing lesson video.
Learn how to draw a rose with pencil in this easy, step by step lesson and drawing exercise. (Photo reference included.)
A look at drawing the nose from a profile view using basic shapes, then developing the value to model the form and create texture.
Basic drawing techniques including blending, hatching and cross hatching, rendering, and more.
The basics of drawing with two point perspective, a form of linear perspective.
Learn how to draw a soft and nostalgic portrait with graphite pencils.
Learn how to draw realistic water droplets and how light behaves within a transparent object.
Learn how to create the illusion of texture in a drawing by combining shapes of value with directional stroking.
While pencils don’t make the artist, being armed with the best equipment sets you up for drawing success.
Apply a masking fluid to your paper before drawing; the masking fluid will essentially block your graphite from reaching the paper. Then you can remove the masking fluid to reveal clean paper around your shading
If you’re just getting started with pencil drawing, you probably don’t want to be drawing on expensive paper from the get-go. It’s a good idea to invest in two types of paper: sketch paper, which is cheap and ideal for testing out ideas and refining pencil techniques; and higher-quality archival drawing paper, which is thicker and has a gentle “tooth” ideal for graphite, for when you’re ready to work on a final piece.
Learn how to create accurate shading in a drawing. This tutorial includes shading techniques as well as the principles of understanding light.
Learn how to draw a realistic portrait using a modified grid. This technique greatly reduces the number of preliminary lines but ensures an accurate drawing.
Learn the steps to drawing a seated figure in this recorded live lesson.
Learn seven different application techniques for graphite and strategies for blending.
The Guide to Graphite Course – Graphite Grades and Sharpening
For this approach, you’re only creating texture in a particular area. The type of paper you select (rough, with a bit of a tooth) is important.
Soft pencils are great for shading the darks and the middle tones. The most common medium soft graphite pencils are 2B pencils, which are usually used for general outlines and sketching.
A comprehensive lesson series on drawing a house portrait with graphite pencils on charcoal paper.
Learn how to draw a realistic mouth with graphite pencil. Two videos are included as well as still images.
In this module, we’re introduced to the element of art, value. Learn its importance to drawing, proper terminology, and blending techniques.
A look at drawing the ear using a step by step approach of defining specific regions through thoughtful applications of gradations of value.
Learn how to draw a realistic strand of hair in this recorded Live Lesson.
Learn how to manipulate value to create the illusion of muscles in the arms and back in this recorded live lesson.
A gum eraser removes less pigment than a kneaded eraser, so you can produce depth.
Learn the essence of drawing by balancing observation with mark making. Reinforce concepts with four drawing exercises.
Learn how to create a loose and airy sketch with colored graphite in this lesson.
Beyond pencils, make sure you have these supplies handyEraser
Hatching is simply drawing parallel lines to fill a space with value. This is one of the most common forms of shading and mark making.
Learn two different approaches to drawing animal fur texture in this lesson.
To make the soft shading shown in #3, you would move your pencil in a circular motion. By moving it back and forth with a light touch, you create a slightly different texture.
This technique is a very time-consuming type of shading, but it’s sometimes necessary to describe a specific texture. Some artists have the patience to do a complete drawing using the dots only. The more dots you place, the darker the value is — the fewer dots create a lighter value. By varying the strength, size, and number of dots, you can make a range of values in a picture.
Learn drawing techniques for creating the illusion of space in a drawing.
Learn how to create the illusion of reflection and transparency with graphite and white charcoal while developing a drawing of five marbles.
Learn how to create the illusion of space using two point perspective in this free drawing lesson video.
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The most complete guide to drawing noses. This page focuses on drawing realistic noses using a pencil.
A two part video series on creating the illusion of texture in a pencil drawing.
Combine a variety of black and white drawing media to create a realistic drawing of a Great White shark.
In the sight method, you’ll set up your drawing pad right next to the subject itself, so you can transfer the object to the paper at an accurate size by measuring your object with a pencil.