How to hold a pencil correctly

how to hold a pencil
(Image credit: Paul Tysall)

You can have the best tools in the world, but unless you know what to do with them, they're pretty useless. You're probably fairly sure you know how to hold a pencil, but are you holding it correctly for drawing? The grip most of us use for day-to-day writing can be very inefficient and will limit you in many drawing scenarios.

Quite simply, drawing from the fingers and wrist alone (which is the narrow range promoted by the standard hand writing grip) doesn't release the full potential of movement that drawing from the entire arm and shoulder affords us.

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Paul Tysall is a Bristol-based illustrator, graphic designer and writer for design and image creation publications.