Pencil drawing is arguably the most common yet most versatile of artistic pursuits. A drawing pencil allows an artist to work with brisk gestures as well as meticulous strokes to create everything from quick and uncomplicated sketches to highly finished drawings. Learning how to draw with a pencil is easiest when you understand that a graphite pencil allows you to make lines and linear marks that can turn into hatching and crosshatching, as well as gradations of tone and shading when you blend the lead.
If you’re just beginning to draw, a good place to start is by drawing shapes. That’s because almost everything you attempt to depict with sketching is based on basic shapes like spheres, ovoids and rectangles.
Start with some easy animals to draw by downloading our tutorial on how to draw animals. Sketching faces is another good place to start. They’ll be far from perfect at first, but you’ll be surprised at the progress you make merely by practise.