Conquer pencil drawing in 6 simple steps

The humble pencil is a ubiquitous and versatile drawing tool, and it's sometimes massively underrated in today's tech-focused worlds. To get the most out of it, there are some important considerations when picking out pencils, which we will cover here, followed by an introduction to the most fundamental unit of drawing – line. We've also got two exercises to help you create better lines.

So whether you're just learning how to draw or are a seasoned pro, these tips will provide a sound foundation for novices and some useful reminders for more experienced artists.

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Jake is an artist, author of a bestselling series of how to draw books and head tutor of independent drawing school Draw. He uses drawing as a tool for communication.