How to Draw with a Graphite Stick: Beginners

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Using Graphite Sticks

Graphite sticks are brilliant to draw with because they are so flexible. In this arts tutorial I explain how, by using the edge of the graphite stick,  wonderfully imaginative marks can be created on cartridge paper. Really creative lines can be created because  you are using an edge and not a point. This is created by twisting the graphite stick on its edge. In fact, if  you are learning to draw or want to expand your drawing techniques, you should get hold of some graphite. It’s brilliant and a great way to learn to shade.

The tutorial starts by demonstrating the type of marks that can be made with the graphite stick. By twisting your wrist and varying the pressure you apply to the graphite stick, wonderful marks and lines can be created. Edges can be created easily with the graphite stick. If you want to learn more about creating edges, checkout my tutorial on How to Draw Edges. The tutorial also demonstrates how to use the multitude of marks created to draw a simple landscape drawing. The drawing consists of a gnarled tree created by twist and flicking the graphite. Fence posts are also drawn using the same technique.

The easy drawing arts tutorial is aimed at beginners to drawing. Children, students and others wishing to improve their drawing techniques will also benefit.

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Dick Blick Art Materials


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