Pencil Sketching - an easy and fun to do art!

Artistic things like drawing painting and sketching have always fantasized people. From just for fun to a well developed profession, these arts have been accepted by all sorts of people. For example, Sketch artists play an important role in crime investigations departments and good sketches also hold a good monetary value. In this simple tutorial, I’ve tried to teach a simple, easy and quick lesson on how to make a good sketch. Here I’ve drawn an instant sketch of a dream that I had one night, a silent seashore lit up by moonlight, inside a grunge frame.

How to start over?

Sketching is a great and fun-to-do art. Moreover, it gives you a great pleasure when you see your sketchings look beautiful and come alive. Its very easy to become a good sketch artist and to do that, you don't even need any special training. All you need is a few instruments and a little bit of patience.

Primarily, sketching needs only a piece of paper, a pencil and an eraser. You can have a few more things, for instance, a sharpener (in case you need to sharpen up the pencil), a ruler (if you are unable to draw rough straight lines) and a small piece of cloth (or a handkerchief).

Things you'll need while sketching.
Things you'll need while sketching.

Step by step tutorial

Now before you begin up with your sketching, make sure your hands are clean and dry, so that your work may not get spoil. Now, the first step is how you should hold the pencil. You don't need to put any stress on holding the pencil. Just consider the pencil as your own body part and handle it with the greatest ease that you can. The best way to hold it is to put the middle portion of the pencil in the space between the joint of your index finger and your thumb. Now if you have pre-planned what you are going to draw, then begin it with a rough draft. But, I personally recommend you not to pre-plan what you are going to draw, because if you don't get the desired result, you'll be disappointed.


Holding the pencil and scratching on the paper.
Holding the pencil and scratching on the paper.

Do what I usually do, i.e., just go on sketching and rubbing the tip of the pencil on the paper like you've gone mad! Well, I mean just free yourself and enjoy scratching the pencil on the paper. :)

But remember, don't put too much stress on the tip. Hold the pencil easily and start with lighter shades, so that if you need to put some darker shades, you can apply another layer.


Now, once you are done with the scratching part, take a cotton handkerchief and gently rub it all over the sketching. It will give a clean touch up to your sketch. Now, take an eraser and erase the part that you want to lighten up. Just have a look at the figure that I've drawn. There I've used an erser to draw moon in the sky and its reflection in the sea.


Using the eraser.
Using the eraser.
Using the handkerchief.
Using the handkerchief.

Now, while giving the final touch up to your sketch, use the handkerchief and eraser to remove the excess charcoal from the paper. But remember, the two most important things you need are - patience and gentleness. Practice whenever you get time and slowly you'll see your sketches come alive. Good luck! :)

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mkrandhawa 5 years ago from India

Pencil sketching is a great art. I also like paintings very much..

Very nice hub..well written.

Voted up.Thanks for sharing it with us.

Mandeep(MkRandhawa)


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Your welcome Mandeep. Yes of course painting and pencil sketching are very nice arts. They have their own meanings in themselves and I think they are also a nice way to express one's feelings. :)


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mkrandhawa 5 years ago from India

Yes it's great nice to meet you.


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Well, its my pleasure too, to meet you Mandeep. :)

perhaps you are the first Indian whom I met on hub pages!


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mkrandhawa 5 years ago from India

Thanks


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Sneha Sunny 5 years ago from India

I too like sketching and painting..... Thanks for sharing!!


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Thanks Sneha! Glad you commented. :)


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

This was a lovely tutorial and you sketch quite nicely, keep it up.


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Diane Lockridge 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Great pics, they really help the article stand out, and make more sense!


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Thanks a lot Qudsia. This is my second hub, so I now its not of the level that you usually write.

Diane thanks for the appreciation. all I need now is motivation, so that I can come out with more sensible articles. :)


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premsingh 5 years ago

interesting hub. I observed people sketching at railway platforms and other public places and wondered how they learn sketching. Your tutorial will be of great help to learners.


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Thanks a lot premsingh ji!

well, as a sketch artist, i guess the reason behind people sketching at random places is just because they get inspiration from different scenes and situations. :)


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biren 5 years ago from orissa

nice job... and well explained...

i like your drawings....


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Thanks a lot biren! I'm glad you liked my drawings :)


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biren 5 years ago from orissa

could u you please help me in some more sketching activities..... i mean tricks.....


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

yes definitely biren. I'll help you in every possible way. Although i'm on an excursion now, but i'll tell you as soon as i return :)


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biren 5 years ago from orissa

ok.....


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

thanks monisha! glad to know my hub was helpful for your child. you may ask for any further assistance if you want. :)

yes biren, now i'm back and i can help you. so go ahead, ask anything whatever you want to know :)


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guia2011 5 years ago from Philippines

Nice hub.:) It is a big help for me as i can use it for my painting XD


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

thanks guia. I'm really happy to know that my hub is turning out to be useful to people. From next time on, I'll try to write even better hubs which will be even more helpful. :)


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radavis 5 years ago from New Oxford, Pennsylvania

Great Hub!


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I've done some pencil sketches, but I have never thought of using a hankerchief before. I will have to try that.


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Thanks a lot radavis and flora.

yeah sure flora. you should give it a try. and please do tell me if that turns out to be helpful. :)


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

This is an excellent hub!!

I have always wanted to be able to draw/sketch well, but I know I'm not good at it. However, your instructions and the photographs are wonderfu and I'm going to have a go at this. Many thanks for sharing!!!! Voted up!


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

thanks again seeker7. i am really happy to know that my hub is turning out to be really helpful to many people. very soon i'll publish more such hubs, which will help everyone to become even better artist :)


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LABrashear 5 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

Great instructions! My daughter is artistic. I plan to share this information with her. I love this art and may even try it myself. You sketch well. Thanks!


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Thanks a lot LABrashear for stopping by and appreciating my hub. I wish these instructions turn out to be useful for your daughter. Please do tell me if I can help you in any possible way. :)


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi abhimanyu that was a great tutorial!! i would say that you should always use a cutter to sharpen the pencil specially for drawing!! using a cutter gives the perfect and a longer tip to the pencil. but as this hub is for everyone children included it will be safer to use the sharpner!! voted useful:)

cheers carrie


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Hi Carrie!

A heart-felt thanks for appreciating my hub and voting it useful.

Yes, I agree with you. A sharpener would definitely be useful and most importantly, safe for everyone.


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dabneylewis 5 years ago from Boston

These pics have put life into your hub....

I got nostalgic... remember those school days... glittering eyes


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Thank you very much Dabney for appreciating and commenting. I too miss my school days very badly. I am sorry if there was anything in my hub that did hurt you. And what a coincidence, i was just writing a hub about my school life. I will try to publish it soon. Hope you'll like it. :)


om 5 years ago

Thanks for an excellent tutorial.

Could you please post more?


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Your welcome Om. Definitely I'll try it in my next hub. I hope that one will be even better and useful than this one. :)


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Learn Things Web 5 years ago from California

Thanks for this wonderful step-by-step hub. My 6 year old loves to draw and she will definitely want to try this. Voted up and bookmarked.


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Your welcome LTW and thanks a lot for stopping by and giving such an appreciative comment and for voting.

I'll be really very happy if my hub can help your child. I'll try to publish some even better hubs in near future that will turn out to be even more helpful.

:)


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Brett.Tesol 5 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

I used to love sketching, but rarely find the time now. Nice hub and very good instructions. Voted up!


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Thank you very much Brett.Tesol for commenting and voting.

I wish you could still find sometime for this art from your busy life, although i know it would be quite difficult, and i really appreciate and admire your works and what you've been doing for people.

I am really glad to follow you and getting this wonderful comment from you. :)


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Great tutorial. I will see how i can put it to use. Thanks


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Thank you sir! I hope it may help you. And yes, please upload a pic of your sketch, if you get a good result. :)


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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

At Ringling' we weren't allowed to rub penil drawings in order to preserve the texture of the paper. We might pick out some highlights with a kneaded eraser. In this media one cannot see the texture. In Satellite Beach the folks your age would say' "You blew it up Singhbro!"


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Abhimanyu Singh92 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Thanks William Sir for taking time to look at this hub of mine and giving this wonderful comment. You are far more experienced than me, I am just a student and sketching is my hobby. Perhaps the way you were taught at Ringling' was correct, but I've drawn this sketch in my own unique way and still it looks quite good. :)

One thing I would like to know sir, I didn't get your sentence "in order to preserve the texture of the paper".

Can you please make me understand what actually is the texture of the paper? :)

P.S pardon me sir, if my comment sounds harsh, my intention is not to offend anyone. English is not my mother tongue, so I find it a bit difficult to write in it.


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Georgina_writes 4 years ago from Dartmoor

Really great article on pencil sketching. it's another skill I'd like to take up when I have the time, but for now, i'll stick to my pastel art and ink drawings. Rating up.


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Abhimanyu Singh92 4 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Thank you very much Ma'am for taking time to read my hub. Thanks a lot for voting it too. I would also like to read some of your hubs on Pastel art and ink drawings.:)


chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

I enjoyed your hub. I've always loved drawing, ever since I was a kid...even wanted to be a comic book artist back when I was a teenager.

The technique of smoothing out the lead/charcoal is called "smudging" (at least, that's what I was taught in art class). You can use a rolled up piece of paper or even your fingertip to accomplish the same thing. Kinda messy - but fun!

I think William (WD) was referring to the texture of the paper itself. Some drawing papers...if you look very closely at them...are not perfectly smooth like computer paper. They have a rough pattern to the material - "texture", and some "proper" artists feel it is innapropriate to ruin the texture of the paper by smudging all over it. I think that is what he was talking about.

Well, great hub! Keep drawing and keep on hubbing! Aloha


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Abhimanyu Singh92 4 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Oh yes, I got you. Thanks chrisinhawaii for making me understand what William actually meant. And I forgot to mention that I haven't used the proper sketching paper here, that we generally use for professional level sketching. This was just a quick tutorial that I made using things easily available at one's home. So I got that A4 size compute paper. :)

And yes, you said it right. It's called 'smudging'. I'll put up the technique in a separate hub. Though I generally use it with county sticks. I have 'smudged' my fingers too, a lot of times, trying that technique, but still, it's so much fun! haha..

Like I wrote in the article, 'just go on sketching and rubbing the tip of the pencil on the paper like you've gone mad!'. I always believe that we should enjoy whatever we do. And this is, perhaps, one of the most enjoyable things! :D

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Cheers! :)


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ideasinked 4 years ago from Mumbai, India.

Quiet an informative Hub! :)


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Abhimanyu Singh92 4 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Thanks for taking time to read it ideasinked. :)


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manthy 4 years ago from Alabama,USA

nice work, I have bookmarked this as I am trying to learn this

Best wishes

Mark


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

You make it look so easy. Very nice work and excellent instructions. I'm excited to believe that pencil sketching is something I could actually do. Thanks!


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Abhimanyu Singh92 4 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India) Author

Thank you so much ma'am! I wish I could help everyone the same way. :)


Mohammed 4 years ago

Amazin Stufff!!


Shweta singh 22 months ago

Wow.........now this is something useful.....I've seen quite a lot of article on sketching bt nt even a single proved helpful. Thanks a lot for sharing a good piece of knowledge with all of us.......Abhimanyu Singh


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sarita garg 10 months ago from Hisar

Pencil sketching is a great art. I myself love doing it and keep on practising whenever I get time. You have some useful information. Thank you for sharing.

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