Learn Pencil Drawing : Step by Step

When at the age of 40, as a by-product of ‘spare time available’, an artist in me had started waving his sides, from left to right and vice versa, I took pencil in my hand, even if I had wowed not to do that at any point of time in my life. Yes I had decided not to look at the world of art. The only compulsion for doing so was this: I was married and my better half had a wonderful artistic disintegration with the art of painting.
But everyone's time comes. After two decades of my struggle-full and blissful married life, I had find out some element of courage within me. Thus start doing paintings were the show of my first rebel against the domestic freedom-less-ness I was suffering from. I think this is enough about me. Now let us start the real talks. Here are some articles which would throw some light on the Art of Pencil Drawing.


This article is not designed to teach the reader how to be an artist in pencil drawing, nor is it step-by step instruction on how to draw on paper or canvass. My humble endeavor here is to declare that the pencil is the first tool an artist should befriend with, were he or she seriously interested in going ahead in the art of painting.


Pencil drawing is simple marks of pencil on paper. But these simple markings are very expressive and artistic. When a beginner takes pencil in his or her hand and starts putting lines or dots on paper, he or she feels deeply rooted in the work.

There are techniques to learn. But you can learn it by practice only, and not by hearing or seeing the lectures on the subject. By travelling on the road of the process of constant practice, you would learn many things like, how to sharpen the pencil, how to get the sharp edge or thick edge of the pencil, where to put pressure in drawing and where to keep it low, whether to use white or coloured paper, whether to use graphite pencil, charcoal or coloured pencils and how to do creative drawing.


In pencil drawing, the shading is an aspect that exploits an artist’s best skills. The creative shading of pencil can create a picture as beautiful as in any other medium like watercolour and oil colour. Shading in pencil drawing is just like putting different tonal values of colours. By selecting a proper colour and applying that colour in different tonal values, a painter animates his or her mental images on paper.

Notes of music might be unpleasant, if not played with care; and it fails to impress. Such is the case with line drawing in the art of painting. While drawing light of dark lines by the tip of a pencil the artist vary the weight of the line. It is done by lofting the pencil or pressing it a little bit harder. In pencil drawing the artist exploit the use of pencil, executing it by light line or weight.

PENCIL PORTRAITS: Drawing Eyes, Nose and Lips

In order to do a perfect pencil portrait an artist needs study the subject first; here subject being the face of a person whose portrait is to be drawn. Eyes and nose posing crucial identity of a person, we should draw it realistically. It is important to know about the size and shapes of both the eyes. Artists generally believe that the lines while drawing nose should be hard. In fact nose requires more shading work.

While using pencil drawing as the medium of communicating through the art of painting, the artists has to keep several factors in mind. The major is the appropriate balance of lines and shading. Shading is the technique of varying the tonal values on the base, usually the paper, to represent the shade of the subject itself as well as the placement of the shadows falling in the opposite side of the subject.

PENCIL DRAWING: Portrait Paintings of Film Stars

How to Draw Pencil drawings, the portrait paintings, of film stars are one of the most favoured subject of all of the artists. (Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

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