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Note: The links in orange are live and have content. The rest is coming soon.

1/ Approach To Drawing – a bit of theory that goes a long way

1.1/ There is no such thing as Multitasking

1.2/ Copying versus Creating

1.3/ The Only 3 Rules

1.4/ Grasping the Complex

2/ The Basic Set–Up

2.1/ Materials – paper, drawing tools...

2.2/ Environment

3/ Drawing Basics

3.1/ Why Standing?

3.2/ How to hold A Pencil

4/ Drawing Practices

4.1/ The Shapes

4.2/ How to Steady the Hand

4.3/ Basic Perspective

4.4/ Foreshortening

4.5/ Imagine It and Draw It

5/ The Drawing magic

5.1/ The building Elements – line, plane, mass and contour lines

5.2 Flick that Light Switch

5.3/ The rule of the Mass – weight, thrust, orientation


Image of a female model and the drawing of her.

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How To Hold A Pencil

There are two major concerns when holding a pencil. The first one is about the ability to make the exact mark you want to make with the least effort and difficulty. You don't want to be thinking how to achieve the lightness of your stroke while focusing on the image in your mind and drawing it. Partly this will happen once you have drawn for some time just by experience and practise. However this practise can be significantly shortened if you hold the pencil in a way that will support your efforts from the start.
The second concern is about you not smudging the marks you have already made. Again, with practise you will develop an automatic approach to the construction of your drawing in such a way as not to get in the way of your own lines. Perhaps you will draw only the left side of a standing nude and bring it to a desired state before drawing the right side of it. Depends on your preference and likes. Obviously the simplest way how not to smudge the existing lines is not to touch the paper with other than your drawing tool. How?
By drawing from your shoulder, with your whole arm rather than with your wrist. To achieve that, you need to hold the pencil in a specific way. Play the video below to see what works for me.

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Image of a hand making a pen and ink drawing of a figure

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