How to hold a pencil for drawing. This tutorial is a little tips about holding your pencil when you draw to get loose lines for all artists.

I receive from e-mail which has a really good question for me to write an article about. How do I hold my pencil when I draw.

“Hi I love your work! Thanks for putting it up, it has inspired me more and I am learning alot from it!

I have a question, I really like how your lines look so fluid, smooth agile and loose.
What is the best way to get the lines to look like that?”

How to hold a pencil for drawing

How to hold a pencil for drawing

When you draw with a regular pencil, where are you gripping your pencil? Are you holding it near the bottom or in the middle? Are you holding the pencil like how you would write or are you using some special technique to get your lines to look that fluid, smooth and loose?

That’s depending on how fast or how tight I want to go.

Tip: Loose and fluid spontaneous drawing, hold your pencil slightly further away from the tip, and use your whole should and elbow (no wriste) to get the most natural arche and flow looseness line quality. The bigger the leads and the drawing pad, the better.
It is very important that you DRAW with YOUR WHOLE ARM and SHOULDER is the most effective way to get fluid line for simultaneous straight and curve.

Tip: Tight and detail. Hold your pencil a little closer to the tip to get control and tight accuracy. You have to make sure the tip of your lead is the proper size for the drawing for the better result.

Once you practice a lot with big pad and BIG arch of whole arm and shoulder drawing…you can translate that into smaller drawing, but it will loose some of the real looseness of the whole arch action of natural body movement.

More drawing technique and tips.
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How to hold a pencil for drawing

About The Author
- Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Business Inquiry please e-mail me.

  • zombiefrogteacher

    hey there love you tips and al the good stuff but i have problem of my own
    wen i start drawing everthintg is fine for 10- 15 mins and then my hand gets a bit cramped up and little pain, and i lose controll in my hand did you ever experienced this in some kinda way?

  • Kwilu Lutondo

    I started thinking about how to answer this question long ago , I will post my view about it soon. But it is a very fundamental issue both for architects and artists. ( even for those of us who like to study mathematics, it is exciting to draw easily an hyperbola, or write smoothly a “y” while reading or solving problem.

  • Kwilu Lutondo

    This question is difficult to answer. If you have been drawing pictures for years, you may probably be unaware of what you’re really doing with your fingers. You may successfully draw characters but the environment( cars, houses, trains) may cause a lot of problem ( understand that I mean being fast while drawing). To understand what I mean try a simple exercise with the well known cartoon TINTIN by Herge.

  • Xia Taptara

    Tablet is different because 1) It is small so you cannot use your full arc as you suppose to. Unless you have large 9 x12 or extra large.
    2) Mainly I use tablet for painting and in painting you usually use short to medium precise strokes.

  • Bratvarr

    Hi, Xia! It is very helpfull tutorial, but how about pen of tablet? This technique work with it?
    P.S. Sorry for my English. I’m from Russia.


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