Pencil Drawing Art

There are many methods, tools and styles of pencil drawing and you don't have to choose just one! You can begin with a simple graphite pencil, but there are many other drawing mediums to experiment with, including charcoal pencils, pastel pencils, and watercolor pencils.

Pencil drawing at first glance is simply the action of taking a drawing pencil and creating marks, shapes and textures on a surface. However, along with the actual technique, your inner creativity forms the emotion and impact of the finished drawing.

Whether you are doodling, sketching from nature, or following a photo reference, drawing with pencil is an expression of your inner creativity.

Drawing is one of the oldest forms of human expression. Throughout ancient and modern times, drawing has been the foundation for most other art forms, including painting and sculpture.

How to Succeed at Pencil Drawing Art

Drawing is all about changing the way you see things and it's actually not as hard as it sounds!

The key to successful drawing is: Seeing everything as large and small shapes all connected together like a jigsaw puzzle. This concept can be applied to all drawing subjects.

Which Drawing Pencil is Best for You?

Drawing pencils come in various forms, including graphite, charcoal, pastel, colored pencil and watercolor pencil. Other drawing instruments would be marker and pen. You should try each of these mediums to get a feel for how you work best, and select your favorite as you continue on your path to success in drawing.

Drawing Supplies

Anyone can pick up a pencil and start drawing art. However, keep in mind that quality artwork also requires quality art materials. You'll need the following tools as a minimum in creating your pencil drawing art.

  • 2B Graphite Pencil
  • Rubber Eraser
  • Drawing Pad

Click here for a more detailed list of pencil drawing supplies that you'll need to create your pencil drawings.

Graphite Pencil Drawing

Graphite pencils are the most common drawing tool. All you need to begin drawing is a simple pencil. There are a variety of graphite pencils available, varying in hardness and intensity of color.

Prismacolor Graphite Drawing KitPrisma Color Graphite Drawing Set

Colored Pencil Drawing

Charcoal Pencil Drawing

Pastel Pencil Drawing


Watercolor Pencil Drawing

Watercolor pencils can be used dry like ordinary colored pencils, then moistened with a wet brush to get various artistic effects.

Line Drawing


Photo to Pencil Drawing

When you draw, you aren't expected to draw from memory. Drawing usually requires a reference photo. The artist looks at one or more photos as a reference as they create their drawing artwork. There are many sources for drawing reference photos. Click here to learn more about using a photo to make a pencil drawing.

Share Your Pencil Drawing Art

As you continue on your journey of pencil drawing, you'll create many drawings. You can share yours here on this website with other artists that are on the same pencil journey that you are!

Have A Great Pencil Drawing?

Have you created a cool pencil drawing lately? We'd love to to see it! Please share it with our readers. Don't forget to share the story behind your artwork!

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