How to Use Drawing Pencils for Beginners

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ARTIST, AUTHOR OR TEACHER?

When I was a child, I wanted to be an author, an artist and a teacher. I always selected art courses over all electives, and was an early reader. I’ve kept a journal since I could write and went to college with the intention of becoming an art teacher. Two years in, I realized that my job would be something I’d have to fight to even exist in public schools. My professors informed me that to be an elementary art teacher, more than likely, I would be assigned to a district and push a cart from school to school. Not my idea of fun.

So halfway through, I switched majors to elementary education, and did everything I could to implement my passion for art into the classroom.

I never stopped writing and creating, so a few years ago, I decided, why limit myself to traditional ways of teaching? The world of blogging, and online shops such as Etsy, have opened up such a huge creative outlet for me.

I’m starting a video series where I’ll walk you through some basic art tools I use and love, and give you tips on how to get started as a beginner, because we could all use some creativity, inspiration and motivation to do another day in quarantine.

Here’s my first video in the Art Tool Basics Series!

LEARNING ABOUT DRAWING PENCILS


CREATE A PENCIL VALUE CHART

Testing out your pencils, create a chart to compare values. Try a 3D shape using three different pencil hues to create dimension.

TRY OUT SOME LINE VARIATIONS

There are endless ways to create lines. Try out a few below from the video:

  1. Diagonals
  2. Checkerboard
  3. Curves
  4. Basket weave
  5. Dots or stippling
  6. Scribbles or organic
  7. Cobblestone
  8. Swirls
  9. Directional

SAMPLE PROJECTS

Create a drawing challenge for yourself. You can draw a group of objects in the same category, or use drawing prompts for ideas. I also enjoy buying how-to books for drawing and working through the exercises.

DRAWING TOOLS

You can purchase all of the tools mentioned in the video here:

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I also post my latest art projects (and videos) on Instagram and sell artwork in my Etsy shop under ShopAmySenter.

Enjoy the video on Drawing Pencil Basics? Watch the rest of the Art Tool Series here:

  1. Drawing Pencils
  2. Charcoal
  3. Watercolor
  4. More coming soon!

Thanks for watching!

4 comments

  1. What a great resource thank you for sharing. I used to be into drawing when I was in high school. I would love to pick it back up again. Also, my younger sister is now into art and drawing so I’m so glad I found this article.

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