How many times have you seen a realistic drawing or awesome abstract painting and you just could not believe someone could draw it so realistically? Every job has its own secrets and tips that make it easier and it is the same thing with drawing. Once you start your drawing journey, you will need to improve your skills constantly. Whether you are drawing an abstract art, or portrait, these tips will be useful to you and the process of improving your skills.
It is of utmost importance to possess several different pencils when you are drawing. The detail that you must know is the hardness of the graphite, where B mark marks the softer one and H designated the harder one, while HB is “in the middle”. These different pencils you will use for different parts of the drawing, as you cannot to the details and elements with the same pencil. Also, it is advisable to use mechanical pencils, as they provide a lot more precision than the regular ones and these are often mark with the HB mark.
Mark-making are inevitable part of drawing, as you will need to fill in your shapes and drawings. You will need different mark-making techniques in order to achieve the different styles and effects. There are generally six techniques, including: scribbling, small-circles, finger blend, hatching, cross-hatching and stippling. Each type is used for different elements and you simply practice these all the time, so you could predict which one is the best for a specific element and detail.
First of all, have in mind also that you need to adjust the grip of the pencil. If you hold it closer to the end, you have more control and precision while otherwise you do not have precision but you have lighter strokes. Now, when drawing lines, make sure that these are dynamic and different, meaning that a subtle shift in line width will add more creativity and cool look. Just experiment with different pencils at different angles to master the lines.