Repost from http://pencils.com/blog/pencil-basics-with-diane-wright/
Greetings Studio 602ers! Over the next few weeks, Pencils.com featured artist Diane Wright will be sharing several articles that cover the basics of creating art with a pencil . If you aren’t familiar with Diane or her work, check out this interview featuring the Queen of Landscape Pencil Art herself and, without further ado, let’s get started!
I am frequently asked, “Why drawing?” Pencil art is one of the most direct and expressive art forms. It is also the most simple, requiring just a piece of paper and pencil. The pencil is an extension of the hand and the flow of ideas onto the paper becomes seamless.
Pencil point – The point on you pencil has a large effect on the type of pencil mark you will produce.
A sharp point is used to make fine lines and work in small detail areas.A blunt or rounded tip will produce less refined marks and is good for shading. The chisel point is the most versatile. The flat side is good for shading and the edge can be used for creating detail or fine lines.