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Learn Simple Pencil Drawing

Updated: Jul 6, 2022

Drawing is a unique representation of a child's individual style, personality, and creativity, just like learning to write. Learning to draw and sketch is a terrific way for children to start learning about design components. Simple shapes and free-form lines are used in sketching. They work together to lay the groundwork for the drawing. Learning how to hold a pencil is the first step in learning how to draw and sketch. It's critical that the child understands that there is no "correct" way to hold a pencil; rather, how they hold their pencil affects the outcome of their drawing.



Perpendicular

Draw crisp, tight, black lines and details by holding the pencil straight up and close to the tip. This grip is particularly useful for creating delightful little swirls or zigzags in a certain area. Make light sweeping, swirling marks with the pencil held lightly at the end.


Underhand

Hold the pencil in your hand with your palm facing up, as if you were shaking hands with it. Use a huge sheet of paper to sketch on a vertical surface. Children find this position strange at first, but it will help them relax their strokes.


Overhand

While maintaining the same grip, rotate the hand such that the palm is facing down.


Sideways

Hold the pencil almost parallel to the paper and use the side of the lead. This grip is useful for rubbings, shadows, and filling in huge areas. With a few simple techniques, children may quickly learn how to draw with detail and dimension.


Smudging

It's time to get your hands dirty! After making graphite marks, children can smudge the graphite with their fingers to form shapes and add shading. Drawing parallel lines that are very close to each other is known as hatching. Draw parallel lines that overlap to make a crosshatch. Lines that cross at an angle are now added. Finally, apply extra lines in some spots to produce varying degrees of darkness. This drawing technique is not only entertaining, but it also provides an excellent opportunity to teach children about degrees and angles. Stipple markings are sometimes known as dots and dashes. To make a shadow, use dots and short dashes that are near together. Make drawing an outside pastime by adding texture. Kids can use a leaf, stone, or tree bark as their sketching tool, then place their paper over it and draw over it to create texture.


These simple strategies are just the start. Advanced drawing and sketching skills for kids include erasing, embossing, 3-D art, contour drawing, shapes, producing shadows, portraiture, perspective, and more.



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