Pencil Sketching

July 14, 2020

Possibly the most portable medium

Pencil sketching is great fun and you don’t need much to get started, if you carry a sketch book with you all the time you can practice your sketching techniques when you get a few minutes free.

All you need is a range of  graphite pencils – ranging from 4H (hard) to 12B (soft) – or even just one to begin with. A sharpener or pen knife, an eraser or a putter eraser and some paper. A sketch book pocket size if you’re out and about or something bigger at home, whatever you feel comfortable with.

This shows a sample of the pencils I have and use all the time.

The harder the lead the lighter the line, and the softer the lead the darker the line will be.

Sketch showing the effect of different pencil harndess - harder is lighter,softer is darker

Samples of Jane’s pencil sketches

A highland Scottish Croft.

Here I’ve used soft pencils from 2B , 4B, 5B & 9B. I use a HB to sketch out the building with. This was done in an A5 sketch book.

A highland Scottish Croft pencil sketch

Design for stained glass panel

Again, I’ve used a range of softer pencils. For this one I used an A2 sketch pad with a HB pencil for the outline and then a 2B, 5B and 9B to shade in all the areas to be painted at a later date.

This drawing we have seen before – read Jane’s article on Pebeo painting on glass.

finished drawing for tracing onto glass

Fairground horses

A4 sketch book and again HB to sketch the outlines and I used 4B and 9B.

fairground horses pencil sketch

Louise Brooks

In this one I’ve only used the very soft pencils as this picture is very dark. I started with my usual HB to sketch out the positions and then using 5B, 9B and 12B to create this dark image.

louise brooks

Monroe

My favourite. Started with an HB pencil and then using 4B, 9B and 12B.

Pencil sketch of monroe's head

You don’t need much to start pencil sketching, it’s worth having a go. See how you get on.

Gadsby’s sell all of the art & craft materials and supplies necessary for creating pieces of art like those created by Jane.

You have to supply the artistic talent and dedication to make the pieces you love. It is hard work, but it is amazing fun too.

Jane is a member of the Gadsby’s team. She has a wide knowledge of the arts & crafts products and materials sold by Gadsby’s both from the perspective of an advisor in the shop and, for many of the products, from personal use too.

Please note that this is not a service that Gadsbys offer to clients – just an example of the private work done by one of the highly skilled and knowledgable Gadsby’s team shown for your interest.

 

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