Learn How to Draw in Pencil


Drawing by John, Age 11


If you or your child wants to learn how to draw in pencil, this is the place to begin. Here you'll find a basic list of materials you'll need which you can find either in an arts and crafts store, fine art catalog, or online.

After you've gathered what you need, move down to the lower part of this page and try out the free drawing lessons.

Although we often call the tip of a pencil the “lead”, it's actually made of graphite. For this reason, the drawing in pencil is also referred to as drawing with graphite.

As with any media you try, you will find that the quality of the art supplies you use affects the final result. You can use a regular school #2 with an eraser on the end and an inexpensive spiral drawing pad, and sometimes I do that if I am just doodling or sketching out rough designs. But as with anything else, such as cooking, building, or crafting, you need the right tools to create a fine product.


Ready to learn how to draw with graphite? The supplies you need are

Drawing Pencils 

Erasers 

Paper 

Tortillons 

Once you have your supplies, let's get started! Try one or more of the free lessons, and remember to have fun as you practice, practice, practice! 


LESSON 1: LET'S START DRAWING! 

LESSON 2: DRAWING WITH SHAPES AND LINES 

LESSON 3: MEASURING FOR PROPORTION 

LESSON 4: DRAWING SYMMETRICAL OBJECTS 

LESSON 5: USING A TORTILLON 

LESSON 6: DRAWING A STILL LIFE 

LESSON 7: DRAWING ANIMALS 

LESSON 8: DRAWING FACES 

LESSON 9: DRAWING PEOPLE IN ACTION (PART 1) 

LESSON 10: DRAWING PEOPLE IN ACTION (PART 2) 

LESSON 11: CONTOUR DRAWING 

LESSON 12: DRAWING USING A GRID

LESSON 13: DRAWING UPSIDE DOWN

LESSON 14: GESTURE DRAWING

More Drawing Tips


Drawing From Photographs 

Keeping Your Drawing Paper Clean 

Preparing Your Drawing Surface 

How to Transfer and Image 

Using a Value Scale 

Thumbnail Drawings 

Mirror Help for Portraits 



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