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Drawing with pencil is an art form that you can jump into at any age. It requires very few supplies and — honestly! — isn’t hard to learn. In fact, if you know how to hold and use a pencil (check!), you already have the basic graphite skills needed to start working with this versatile medium. Our beginner’s guide to drawing with pencil can help you with the rest.

Skeptical? Try the quickie sketching tutorial below. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make your first pencil drawing of a simple object. And once you master these basics, you’ll have the skills (and confidence) to move on to more complex subjects. Get ready to make your mark!

What You Need

There are a few tools you need to get started on your sketching journey.


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Clearly! But in the art world, there’s more to choose from than the standard #2. Pencils are graded by both number and letter, with “H” being harder and “B” being softer (or blacker). Within each letter category, there are numbers denoting degrees of hardness or softness; the higher the number, the softer the pencil.

Confused? That’s okay! You don’t have to know exactly what letter/number you need, or even what you’ll be drawing, to buy pencils. Simply pick up a variety of H and B pencils (even fancy models won’t set you back much) and you’ll be covered.

What about mechanical pencils? Yes, they can be great. They never require sharpening and are terrific for line work, hatching and cross-hatching. They’re not as good as regular pencils for soft shading, though. If you’re serious about drawing with pencil, it’s a great idea to figure out what types of tip (fatter? finer?) and graphite hardness you like, and then take the leap into buying a high-quality mechanical pencil.

Pencil Sharpener

You’ll need a good one. A great choice for beginners is a manual pencil sharpener with two openings. Each will sharpen the pencil to a different type of tip, so this will give you a lot of drawing versatility.


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Erasers aren’t just for do-overs and clean-ups. They can also used for shading and special effects. Even if your pencil has an eraser on the end, it will be worn down in no time. A soft gum eraser or a “big pink” eraser (like the eraser on the end of a pencil but larger) are both great, low-cost choices.


If you’re just getting started with pencil drawing, you probably don’t want to be using expensive paper from the get-go. You’ll want to invest in two types of paper: sketch paper, which is cheap and ideal for testing out ideas and refining techniques; and higher-quality archival drawing paper , which is thicker and has a gentle “tooth” that’s ideal for graphite, for when you’re ready to work on a final piece. You can even transfer the sketches you’d like to develop into finished pieces onto good paper using transfer paper.

Drawing with Pencil in Four Easy Steps

Apply the basics of this tutorial in all your drawing endeavors.

1. Choose a Reference Image

If you’re just getting started, a photograph is a great reference choice because it won’t move or change on you as you work. Go with something basic like a flower or simple object. In this example, we’ll use a donut.

2. Make an Outline

Draw the basic shape of your object, but don’t worry about realism here. It’s okay to take some liberties.

3. Add Tones and Textures

Once you’re happy with your basic sketch, you can start filling in and refining your drawing. Evaluate your reference image for distinct textures to convey in your drawing. In the case of the donut, the “cake” part has a slightly uneven texture. You could start by filling in that area using small light circular motions (known as scumbling).

To add some definition, darken the scumbling around the edges or add hatching (linear lines) or cross-hatching (crisscrossing lines) to portions of the radius of the donut that correspond with the darker portions of the reference image.

4. Refine Your Drawing

Finesse your drawing by using various pencil marks to shade and highlight certain areas. Using a variety of tones will suggest color even in a black-and-white piece. Start slow (you can always make an image darker, but making it lighter is more difficult) and pause every now and again to look at your image from a distance. It will help you determine what areas need more shading.

You can take the drawing as far as you’d like from this point, working it into a highly detailed work or leaving it more loose. Follow your intuition and make the drawing your own!

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Many children love to sketch and shade with pencils. It is a beautiful technique that gives dimension to a drawing. Younger children can try pencil shading with colored pencils.

Before we talk about how to do pencil shading, let’s talk about what you need to for pencil shading.


You do not need much. A plain paper, HB pencil and an eraser.

But there are a lot of serious tools that are available in the market which you can buy for your pencil shading project. They give professional effects to the sketch and they are fun to use too.

What type of pencils can you use for shading? What are H, B, and HB pencil?

To know more about this, you should watch this video from LethalChris Drawing. It not only talks about different types of pencils but also tells us how to control the pressure on the pencil to determine the depth of shading.

You should be also aware of the different types of shading techniques.

Hatching, cross-hatching, circling, stippling, squirkling, or scribbling are some of the techniques that you can use to create texture in your drawing.

Other than pencils for shading, you would also need a blending tool/ blending stump or a simple cotton swab for blending the marks uniformly. Many do use their fingers to blend but it sometimes might look different because of the effect of oil or sweat in the hand.

You would also need a kneadable eraser for sketching. The kneaded eraser can lift the graphite or charcoal from paper without smudging it. Change the shape of the eraser and it can be used to erase an area of any shape and size easily.

Buy drawing and sketching sets online

If you looking for buying your drawing and sketching sets online, here are some suggestions. (These are affiliate links).

The graded pencils that I love to buy are from Staedtler. This set of soft pencils come in a beautiful tin box with pencils from 8B to HB.

Graphite pencils for sketching

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Bianyo Artist quality sketching pencils is another good quality graphite pencil. They have a different range of pencils than Staedtler.

Colored Pencils

Faber Castell’s triangular pencils are soft and can be easily used for blending.

Paper Stumps

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After the pencils, we need paper stumps. Paper stumps are used for merging. You have a choice to buy Kabeer Art paper stump or the Cretacolor Paper Stumps Set. Here are the links.

Kneadable Erasers

The kneadable eraser can be none other than Cretacolor kneadable Eraser Big.

Sketch Pads

I love to use Bianyo Artist Quality Sketch Pad for sketching. These A5 sketch pads are just the right size for beginners and it is also easy to carry. Many use watercolor paper for pencil shading to get the texture of watercolor paper in their drawing.

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White Gel Pens

Another thing that you would like to have with you are the Sakura Gelly Rolls white Gel pens. This is useful to highlight some areas.

Pens for sketching

If you are interested to use pens to sketch, here are some choices.

Smudge Guard

This glove covers the little finger which touches the paper when you are sketching. So you can prevent the marks on the paper to be smudged when you are wearing this.

Projects for Pencil Shading

Once you are ready with your drawing supplies, you can start with your sketching. Here are some projects that you can try. These sketches are all done by children between 10 to 13 years.

Monochromatic paintings teach the concept of light and shade using one hue.

Draw some shapes

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The first stage of learning pencil shading is to control the pressure of the pencil on the paper. So, take a blank sheet of paper and make rectangles. Try to shade with uniform pressure. Once you are comfortable using a constant pressure to shade an area, try shading in graduating tones. Here you start with the maximum and then slowly lower the pressure to give a lighter tone. You can try the other way round too, going from the lighter tone to the darker one.

Learning to shade different shapes is also important. The pencil movement should be done according to the shape of the object. Straight lines of shaded texture will not be ok on a round object. It has to bring out the feeling of the shape with its strokes.

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Still life

It is important to know how to do still life. It helps you to learn proportionality. Shading brings dimension to these objects. Another thing that one learns is the concept of light and shade.

Op art or 3D art

Op art or 3D art uses light and shade to create an optical illusion. This form of art is a pleasure to create and unless done perfectly, will not give the effect. Here is a video where you can see how pencil shading is creating the illusion of this object coming out of paper.

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Landscape shading

Take a pencil shading of a landscape or try to take a reference from nature. First, think again about the source of light. Then shade to create depth.

Portrait or a cartoon painting

This is one thing everyone loves to draw. And this is the way to learn to shade in a fun way. There are lots of places where you can get references to draw portraits. You need to learn how to do the proportions of a face properly.

Have you tried sketching a drop of water?

If you are interested in other art materials to buy, you will find a comprehensive list here.

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