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Pencil Drawing Easy And Beautiful - What Else is There - Apart From Pencils?

That is a nice idea - that pencil drawing is easy and turns out beautifully - but is it? Sure if you've been drawing for a while or perhaps you follow a YouTube tutorial.

What about if you've been drawing for a while and you would like to do something a little bit different? Well here are some ideas to get you started:

1.Colored Pencils: Colored pencils are an excellent option for adding vibrant hues to your drawings. They consist of a pigment core encased in wood or plastic. Layering different colors can create a wide range of shades and blending effects.

Coloured pencil drawing of a dog by Kim Tegart
Coloured pencil by Kim Tegart

2. Pastels: Soft pastels are similar to charcoal but come in a rainbow of colors. They are a dry medium and can be blended with fingers or blending tools to produce rich, textured effects. Oil pastels, on the other hand, are oil-based, allowing for smoother application and easier layering.

Pastel painting  of a flower and humming bird by Courtney Duncan
Pastel painting by Courtney Duncan

3. Markers: Markers are another popular choice for artists, especially for illustrations and vibrant artworks. They come in different types like alcohol-based markers (such as Copic markers) and water-based markers, each with unique blending and layering capabilities.


For this marker drawing, artist Spencer Nugent, also known on his YouTube channel as Sketch A Day, uses pen and markers to make this still-life drawing of a liquor bottle and a glass. He first drew with his pen, then slowly built up colors, tones, and values using markers of different nibs.

4. Brush Pens: Brush pens combine the versatility of a pen with the expressive qualities of a paintbrush. They have a brush-like tip that allows artists to create thick and thin lines, making them ideal for calligraphy, lettering, and loose, gestural sketches.

5. Ink Pens: Ink pens are known for their precision and consistent lines. They come in various types, such as ballpoint pens, rollerball pens, and fountain pens. Artists often use ink pens for sketching, outlining, and adding intricate details to their drawings.

6. Ballpoint Pens: While often seen as an everyday writing tool, ballpoint pens can be used for drawing too. Their ability to produce consistent lines and texture makes them suitable for creating detailed and textured drawings.

Ball point pen drawing of a girls hair
Ball point pen drawing

Australian artist Rachel Obrien creates detailed ballpoint pen artwork, often with a singular colour. As you can see she uses a fairly uncomplicated subject matter and is able to focus entirely on the detail, such as the curls and shade in the hair.

7. Watercolor Pencils: Watercolor pencils are a unique hybrid medium that can be used dry like regular colored pencils, and then transformed into watercolors when water is added. This enables artists to achieve watercolor effects without the mess.

8. Chalk and Chalk Pastels: Chalk is a versatile medium available in different forms, including soft chalk sticks and hard chalk pencils. Chalk pastels offer a blendable, dusty medium that is ideal for creating expressive and textured drawings.

9. Digital Drawing Tablets: In the digital age, artists have embraced drawing tablets as a powerful tool for creating digital artwork. These tablets, when paired with software like Adobe Photoshop or Procreate, offer a vast array of digital brushes and limitless possibilities. I often draw in changes I want to make in an artwork, using procreate. Remember, there is no right or wrong drawing material; it all depends on your preferences, style, and the effect you want to achieve. Experimenting with different materials will help you discover your unique artistic voice. So, don't be afraid to try out new tools and techniques, and most importantly, have fun expressing yourself through drawing! Happy creating!

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