How do I Hold The Pencil?

This is a question I get asked a lot by those starting to learn to draw.  Holding a pencil for drawing is similar in a way to holding a pen for handwriting in that there are ways that get better results, however it is a personal choice.  Just like handwriting we all have a unique style so I think the best advice is however it feels best.

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What Do I Need to Work Outdoors?

You can work out of doors at any time of the year if you go prepared.  I offer a few tips on how to be prepared.  What you will need will depend on the medium you are using, drawing outside is relatively simple equipment-wise but painting is a bit more complicated.

Drawing outside is a pleasure and gives so many advantages such as the quality of the light, seeing in context and in three-dimensions.  All you really need to draw outside is a good hard-backed sketchpad and two – three drawing pencils in different grades of B. 

Set of Pencils in B grades
Set of Pencils in B grades

A more developed sketch or drawing might require sitting rather than standing and this case you might want to bring a simple folding camping stall and perhaps a lightweight drawing board.  Drawing outside in the summer will require water and suntan lotion, you may also want to wear a hat because when you are looking down the back of your neck can get burnt without realising! 

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