1 Choose the right pencil for you. “B” grades get progressively softer, create darker lines and need regular sharpening; “H” grades get harder, leaving fine, crisp marks. A 2B or 3B is a good place to start.
2 Keep your pencil sharpened. A good point means more precise lines and a more satisfying outcome.
3 Start simple. Reduce a complex subject to basic elements – a cube, a sphere, a pyramid, and so on. Sketch those in lightly first to get an idea of your subject in space.
4 Work left to right. (Unless you’re left-handed, in which case work right to left.) This prevents you dragging your hand across the drawing and smudging your progress.
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