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Every artist has his or her own techniques for creating. Otherwise, all artwork would look the same. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are some constants that exist in the world of art, constants that you can follow to help you in your drawing experience. Are you struggling with how to master the art of drawing people? I am going to tell you some basic pencil drawing techniques that are used in every art form, portrait drawing included. By following these "dos and don'ts", your pictures will not only look more life-like and realistic, but you will get much more enjoyment out of your drawing. How to Hold Your Pencil Okay, I hear what you're saying. Your kindergarten teacher taught you how to hold a pencil, right? Well, in this case, believe it or not, how you hold your pencil can make the difference between hours of enjoyment, or physical exhaustion. Some artists will tell you that after a long drawing session, their fingers, wrist or even shoulder hurts. They believe that this is just a part of the sacrifice of the art. But, if they would simply consider the way they're holding their pencil and make the proper adjustments, they may be able to get rid of that pain. There is no absolute right or wrong way to hold your pencil while drawing. Some people prefer one way over another. However, I've seen people holding their pencil in a death grip, and this could be the cause of all that pain. Just hold your pencil with enough firmness to give your hand control over what the pencil is doing, and that should suffice. What Type Of Pencil To Use Choosing the right pencil for the right job is critical. Are you still using the old stand-by number 2 pencil that you used in elementary school? If so, it's time to retire that number 2 and try a B, 2B, or even a 4B. These are softer pencils, which will enable you to create the right balance of light and shadow that you may be trying to achieve. You will be pleasantly surprised at how your drawings quickly improve by this simple change! Use the Right Paper It's true that if you use lower grade paper, your artwork will be not up to standard. Really cheap paper has a film on the surface that won't grab the pencil materials and hold them. I recommend using a good quality sketching paper. It doesn't have to be expensive, but it should be made specifically for drawing.

And now that we've made a few simple adjustments to your style and tools, let's move on to a few techniques that will help you draw beautiful pictures and portraits. Cross Hatching Cross-hatching is one of the pencil techniques that will add realistic texture and depth to your pictures. It's an ideal technique for showing paths of light on the objects in your drawing. If done correctly, the individual strokes are undetectable, instead giving a smooth appearance. Circles And Scribbles When you sit down to draw, start out by drawing just circles and scribbles for a few minutes, and see how relaxing it can be. You'll experience a looser hand and wrist, and you'll feel your creative juices start to flow. Practicing circular shading can add depth to your drawing and allows for distinctive objects that have similar tones. It can bring out the contrasting textures for a more realistic effect, especially when drawing faces and other "live" objects. Using Contour Lines Contour lines, the lines that help define what your objects will actually look like, are lines that follow the edges and curves of your objects. They obviously add volume and give the objects their shape. Practicing contour lines is a great way to add depth to your drawing, while at the same time making your shading appear more realistic. How to Apply Smooth Shading Proper shading can make a huge difference in your pencil drawing. It can bring a picture to life, giving it an added dimension, making it appear much more than just a flat one-dimensional work on paper. This technique involves varying the pressure in a gradual motion to achieve smooth shading, while at the same time applying a constant tone. Make a transition from light to dark or dark to light in one, long stroke. Once you have this technique mastered, you can easily create areas of subtle change in depth and tone that will dramatically improve your drawings. Have fun drawing!

Kathy Nicholas is a writer who specializes in creative topics, such as art, crafts, and music. You can check out her latest website at Draw Faces Step By Step, where she provides information on different aspects of drawing people, pencil drawing techniques, and more.

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