How to Use Sketching Pencils

Sketching pencils are essential tools in every artist’s drawing work. However, not everyone has the skills to use the sketching pencil to bring out an incredible piece of work. How you use your pencil will determine the outcome of your work. Some people are born with artistic talents while others still need to learn to be perfect. Whether you are born with the skills or you learn doesn’t make a difference in the drawing you produce. You can still learn how to use your sketching pencil and come up with an incredible piece of work that surpasses even the work of pro artists. Here is what you need to learn if you want to know how to use your sketching pencil.

Mastering your pencil grip

The first thing you should do when learning how to use sketching pencils is to learn how to hold it correctly. Use the tip on the side of the lid for utility maximization. For the pencil to remain sharper for longer, you need to hold it as you would for charcoal. When working on a large shading area, place it perpendicularly to come up with a wide line. Hold your pencil parallel to your lines to get the sharp and narrow mark. For intricate details use the points.

Use the best level

Some letters tell you each pencil levels; they include H- hard, F- fine point, HB- hard black and B- back. Use hard pencil if you want it to produce light lines and soft if you want smooth graphite. The number on your pencil stands for its hardness and softness. 9B is softer or darker, more than 2B and 8H is hard and 3H is light.

So after mastering your grip and knowing exactly what each number on your pencil stands for, it’s time to start the actual drawing. Here is a step by step guide for drawing with your sketching pencil.

  • Sketch the picture you want to draw. You can draw a basic shape like a circle and a triangle, connect as you fit them.
  • Sketch the side where you prefer the light to be.
  • To trace your sketch. To do this, you will have to apply pressure on the pencil. You should avoid dark line for realism purposes except if you’re choosing cartoon style which should be dark with a thicker and defined edge.
  • Blend the shadow with a mild stone.
  • With extra care erase your sketch without interrupting the line art.
  • The next step involves shading and toning. With your base tones laid down, light sketch using a dull pencil to create the base tone on every area in your drawing that will have color.
  • Work with smaller circles to create even tones
  • Smudge the graphite by dragging the tissue across the graphite. To avoid oily paper and fingerprints, don’t use your finger.
  • Erase any shadow outside the picture line.
  • You can add a shadow at this time. To avoid creating an indent in the paper, avoid hard press for one layer. You should consider the light source and where the darkest should be.
  • Erase some of your shading that appears in shine shapes.

A good artist does recheck his work even after signing. By doing this, you can find the parts that do not please you and change them. Even if you can still find mistakes if you check it days later, you don’t need to worry since its okay to make changes up to the last minute. Remember not to overdo your work.