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Pencil drawing tones & shadows

Drawing a simple still life of everyday objects, using H to 9B graphite pencils only.

For this project you will need;

  • 2H, H or HB pencil for sketching.

  • 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7B, 8B or 9B pencils for shading.

  • Rubber

  • Sharpener

  • Blending stump (tourchon, paper blenders).

This project can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the amount of detail you want to add.

I took a photo of the still life and then edited it to a black and white image that popped out some of the tones.

Using H to HB pencils, measure and sketch your simple still life. Keep you lines light and remove all unwanted lines.

Using a B pencil (I used 8B, but you could use 2B first then work your way up through the B pencils) lightly rub the side of the lead (not the tip) over each of the objects. Remember to make your marks in the best direction for each of your objects. Use your finger or a blending stump to smooth out the graphite and blend gently.