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.
Often art teachers refer to ‘mark-making’ but what does this mean? It is a term that means just that – to make marks. You may think that mark-making is just for kindergarden children but no, it is a useful activity for all. Being completely new to materials mark-making can be a great way to gain confidence with media (art materials).
Enjoy the process of making as many marks you can with pencils, pastels and paints. Once you experiment there are so many variations to mark-making; swirls, dots, dashes, smudging… more that you think! Sometimes something simple like holding the pencil or brush in a different way can produce new marks.