Drawing in Pencil

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Drawing in Pencil


  1. Drawing for Dummies 2nd Ed.

  • Source Material
Drawing for Dummies, 2nd Ed.


Major Categories

  1. Still Life
  2. Landscape
  3. Animals
  4. People

Familiar objects are often hard to draw because when you look at them and know what they are, your brain doesn’t take time to carefully analyze the way they look.

  • Drawing is applying marks to a surface.

Discovering Your Artistic Style

  • Your style emerges through your work spontaneously. Like teaching, idea is to draw it out, not cram it in.

The most efficient way to approach a drawing is to begin with the most general aspects and work gradually toward the more specific ones, holding back on the fine details until the very end. For example, if you’re drawing an apple, start by drawing its size and shape; then draw the stem and any surface details.

- Top down design. Bottom up implementation.
- Start with the largest scale features, then reduce the scale until the desired image is achieved.

The hardest thing about working from the general to the specific is waiting to get to the fun parts of your drawings (you know, the details that make everything look real). But do your best to hold off on the fun until after you map out the general layout of the drawing. You’ll be glad you did when you see the finished product!

- Ugh! Waiting for the 'realism' to appear.

Gathering What You Need to Get Started

How do you hold the pencil?

  • Like holding a pen for detailed shapes.
  • Like holding chalk for large shapes.
  • Hold the pencil loosely

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Deciding whether to leave your drawing loose and sketchy or to tighten it up

Ranges are from "Large and Loose" to "Small and Detailed". Or Impressionistic to Realistic.

  • Suppliers

Rex Art[2]

  • Magazines/Websites

Finding Inspiration

Still Life

  • Automobiles
  • Airplanes
  • Boats/Ships

Art History

  • Survey

Copy anything that catches the eye. Even your own old works.


Need a small clipboard for sketch paper.

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