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A collection of tutorials on drawing with graphite pencils.
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19 Lessons | 3.5 Hours | 18 Ebooks

PENCIL DRAWING TECHNIQUES


You can draw - A how to draw webinar
Think it takes talent to draw? In this webinar, you'll see that it doesn't and that you CAN draw anything that you wish. Drawing exercises are included.
Gettin' Sketchy - Skull
Create a quick sketch of a skull in just 30 minutes using basic forms and shapes to ensure accuracy.
Introduction to Pencil Drawing - The Guide to Graphite Course
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An introduction to "Pencil Drawing - The Guide to Graphite".
The Guide to Graphite - Graphite grades and sharpening
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Learn and explore the different grades of graphite pencils used by artists and strategies for sharpening your pencil in this course module.
How to draw a feather
Learn how to draw a realistic feather. Use shape, line, and value to create realistic textures.
Shading Techniques with Pencil
Learn how to create accurate shading in a drawing. This tutorial includes shading techniques as well as the principles of understanding light.
How to draw water droplets
Learn how to draw realistic water droplets and how light behaves within a transparent object.
Drawing Bootcamp
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Five one hour lessons and exercises on the basics of drawing.
How to draw and shade basic forms
Learn how to draw the basic forms that are the building blocks for more complex objects in this drawing lesson.
Erasers for pencil drawing
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Explore the different erasers used for erasing graphite. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each eraser.
Mark making and blending with graphite pencils
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Learn seven different application techniques for graphite and strategies for blending.
Shadow and light in a drawing Part 1
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Learn how value affects the illusion of light and form on a subject and how contrast can be used to create the illusion of depth.
Light and shadow in a drawing part 2
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A look at light and shadow in a drawing, the importance of value, and the role of contrast.
Sketching with graphite
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A look at sketching with graphite. Sketching as a study, for form, and as a preliminary drawing.
How to draw reflective surfaces with pencil
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A look at drawing reflective surfaces with graphite pencils (2 lessons).
Water Soluble Graphite
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Learn how to create value studies and sketches quickly with water-soluble graphite
Colored Graphite
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Learn how to create a loose and airy sketch with colored graphite in this lesson.
25 Days to Better Drawings - Materials and Mindset
An introduction to "25 Days to Better Drawings" and a look at the materials that will be used throughout the course.
25 Days to Better Drawings - Drawing with Line
Learn the essence of drawing by balancing observation with mark making. Reinforce concepts with four drawing exercises.
25 Days to Better Drawings - Drawing Ellipses
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Learn how loosening up can lead to greater accuracy in your drawings. Tackle the challenging shapes of circles and ellipses in this lesson's drawing exercises.
25 Days to Better Drawings - Drawing with Basic Shapes
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Learn how to break complex subjects down into easy to draw shapes. Apply this concept to a complex subject with a drawing exercise.
25 Days to Better Drawings - Cross Contour Lines
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Learn how the concept of cross contour lines can help us to better understand the form of a subject and determine directional stroking when adding shading to a drawing.
25 Days to Better Drawings - Value
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In this module, we're introduced to the element of art, value. Learn its importance to drawing, proper terminology, and blending techniques.
25 Days to Better Drawings - Shadow and Light
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In this module, we'll learn how to use value to create the illusion of light and form in a drawing.
25 Days to Better Drawings - Drawing Basic Forms
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Learn how to draw basic forms by starting with simple shapes. Create the illusion of form through the use of value and tone.
25 Days to Better Drawings - Drawing with Basic Forms
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Learn how to draw complex subjects by piecing together simple, basic forms.
25 Days to Better Drawings - Texture Study 1
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Learn the two key components that lead to the illusion of texture in a drawing. Apply concepts to draw the texture of wood.
25 Days to Better Drawings - Texture Study #2
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Learn how to create the illusion of texture in a drawing by combining shapes of value with directional stroking.
25 Days to Better Drawings - Texture Study #3
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Learn how to create the illusion of texture found on highly reflective surfaces. Practice concepts learned with a drawing exercise.
Sighting, Measuring, and Mapping
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Learn how to use sighting, measuring, and mapping to ensure greater accuracy in your drawings.
How to draw a sphere
Learn how to draw a sphere and the proper terminology on shading in this free drawing lesson video.
Basic drawing techniques
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Basic drawing techniques including blending, hatching and cross hatching, rendering, and more.
How to draw a 3D maze using 2 point perspective
Learn how to draw an imagined 3D maze using two point perspective in this lesson.
How to create smooth shding with pencils
Learn the three factors to creating smooth shading in drawing. 
How to draw with line
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Learn how to use line to define objects and create the illusion of form.
How to draw with shapes
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Learn how to group basic shapes together to draw complex subjects.
Continuous Line Drawing Exercise
Creating a continuous line drawing is an easy and effective drawing exercise. Learn the "ends and outs" of creating one in this tutorial. 
Free Drawing Lessons- Blind Contour Line
Learn the basics of drawing with the exercise known as "Blind Contour Line Drawing" in this drawing video.
Graphite artists pencils
Learn the different types of graphite that artists use in this video tutorial.
Graphite Drawing Techniques
Learn some of the common graphite drawing techniques in this free drawing lesson.
The stages of artistic development
Learn the stages to artistic development and why they are important to drawing improvement.
How to make a value finder
Learn how to create a value finder, a useful tool for drawing.
The secret to reflective drawing
Learn the secret to drawing reflective surfaces in this recorded live lesson.

PORTRAITS / FIGURE


Portrait Drawing with Graphite
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Learn how to draw a soft and nostalgic portrait with graphite pencils.
How to draw a realistic eye
Learn how to draw realistic eyes in this free drawing lesson video.
How to draw the figure quickly with gesture drawing
Learn how to draw a figure quickly and with correct proportions.
How to draw a portrait with the grid technique
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Learn how to draw a realistic portrait using the grid technique. Develop the value within the scene with graphite and white charcoal.
How to draw a portrait with a triangular grid
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Learn how to draw a realistic portrait using a modified grid. This technique greatly reduces the number of preliminary lines but ensures an accurate drawing.
How to draw a face with pencil
Learn how to draw a face with graphite. Both male and female examples, and the profile view are explored in 4 video demonstrations and illustrations.
How to draw a portrait with graphite - pencil drawing lesson
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An eight part video series on drawing a representational portrait with graphite pencil.
Facial Proportions - Drawing Lesson
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Learn the placement of the facial features and how this information can be used to draw any portrait.
Portrait Drawing - The Skull Frontal View
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A look at drawing the structure of what lies beneath the face and head - the skull (frontal view).
Drawing the skull-profile view
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A continued look at drawing the skull from a profile view.
How to Draw Basic Facial Proportions
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The basic facial proportions and spacial relationships of the features of the head.
The Planes of the Face - Drawing Lesson
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A look at recognizing and drawing the planes of the face and the head.
The Eye-Frontal View - Drawing Lesson
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A look at drawing the eye from a frontal view using a step by step approach of observation and application of material.
How to draw the eye from a profile view
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A look at drawing the eye from a profile view using a step by step approach of observation and application of material.
How to draw the nose from a frontal view
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A look at drawing the nose from a frontal view by placing basic shapes and adding shading / value to create the illusion of form and texture.
How to draw the nose from a profile view
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A look at drawing the nose from a profile view using basic shapes, then developing the value to model the form and create texture.
How to draw a realistic mouth and teeth
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A look at drawing the mouth and teeth using a structured approach of observation and application of media.
How to draw a realistic ear - drawing lesson
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A look at drawing the ear using a step by step approach of defining specific regions through thoughtful applications of gradations of value.
Draw Hair with Pencil
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A look at drawing hair using a step by step approach of developing values and textures.
Basic facial poroportions - Live Lesson Series
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Learn basic facial proportions and take a close look at each feature in these recorded live lessons.
How to draw a mouth and lips
Learn how to draw a realistic mouth with graphite pencil.  Two videos are included as well as still images.
How to Draw Realistic Nose and Mouth
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Learn how to draw a representational nose and mouth.
How to draw a hand
Learn how easy it can be to draw hands in this free drawing tutorial.
How to draw ears
Learn how to draw realistic ears in this lesson.
How to draw an eye step by step - course module
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Learn how to draw a realistic eye following a step by step approach.
Free Drawing Lessons- How to Draw Noses
The most complete guide to drawing noses. This page focuses on drawing realistic noses using a pencil.
How to draw realistic hair - Lesson Series
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Learn how to draw a realistic strand of hair in this recorded Live Lesson.
How to Draw with a Blending Stump
Learn how to draw with blending tools like blending stumps and tortillons.
How to draw with a blending stump - Live Lesson
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Learn how to draw an eye using blending stumps and blending tortillons in this full length recorded Live Lesson.
How to draw hands quickly
This video demonstration shows you how to draw hands quickly and easily
Foreshortening - How to draw the figure in perspective
Learn how to draw the figure in perspective in this drawing lesson.
How to draw a seated figure - Live Lesson
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Learn the steps to drawing a seated figure in this recorded live lesson.
How to draw muscle tone in the back and arms
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Learn how to manipulate value to create the illusion of muscles in the arms and back in this recorded live lesson.
How to draw a portrait step by step
See all of the steps in this creation of a portrait in graphite in this video.
How to draw with Graphitint pencils
Learn how to draw with Graphitint pencils in this lesson.  Graphitint pencils are colored graphite pencils.
How to Draw Realistic Hair - The Secrets to Drawing Course
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Learn how to manipulate value to create the illusion of hair.
Basic Figure Drawing - The Secrets to Drawing Course
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Learn the basics of figure drawing. A four step approach to creating accurate proportions is explored.
How to Draw the figure in perspective - The Secrets to Drawing Course
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Learn how to draw a figure in perspective with a simple step by step approach.
How to Draw Feet
Learn how to draw feet in this ultimate guide.
How to draw feet - full lesson
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Learn how to draw feet from several different angles in this full length video tutorial. 
How to sketch hands from different angles
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Learn how to draw hands from different angles using basic shapes and value in this full length video recorded form a live lesson.
How to draw hair - drawing lesson
Learn how to draw hair in this ultimate guide that demonstrates a four-step process.
How to draw the head from multiple angles
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Learn how to draw facial proportions from 5 different angles in this full length video tutorial.
How to draw clothing
Learn how to draw clothing in this free video tutorial.

LANDSCAPE


Graphite House Portrait Lesson Series
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A comprehensive lesson series on drawing a house portrait with graphite pencils on charcoal paper.
How to draw a realistic tree
The ultimate guide to drawing trees with four lessons included. Lesson one teaches you how to draw a tree with graphite pencils.
Graphite Architecture Lesson Series
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A detailed look at drawing an architectural landscape with graphite on charcoal paper.
Colored Graphite Live Lesson
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Learn how to draw with colored graphite (Graphitint pencils) in this recorded Live Lesson.
25 Days to Better Drawings - One Point Perspective
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Learn how to create the illusion of space with one point perspective.
25 Days to Better Drawings - Two Point Perspective
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Learn how to create the illusion of space with two point perspective.
25 Days to Better Drawings - Three Point Perspective
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Learn how to create the illusion of space with three point perspective.
How to create the illusion of space in a drawing - The Secrets to Drawing Course
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Learn drawing techniques for creating the illusion of space in a drawing.
One Point Perspective - The Secrets to Drawing Course
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The basics of drawing with one point perspective, a form of linear perspective.
Two Point Perspective - The Secrets to Drawing Course
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The basics of drawing with two point perspective, a form of linear perspective.
Three Point Perspective - The Secrets to Drawing Course
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The basics of drawing with three point perspective, a form of linear perspective.
One point perspective lesson
Learn how to create the illusion of space using one point perspective in this free drawing lesson video.
Two point perspective lesson
Learn how to create the illusion of space using two point perspective in this free drawing lesson video.
How to draw a realistic tree - Live Lesson
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Learn pencil techniques to create the illusion of a realistic tree in this recorded live lesson.
How to keep your drawings clean
Learn how to keep your drawings clean from start to finish in this time lapse video of a completed drawing.
How to draw rocks - landscape drawing
How to draw rocks in the landscape.
How to draw rocks - Live Lesson
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How to use value to create the illusion of convincing rocks in the landscape in this full length video.

ANIMALS


Mixed Media Drawing Lesson - Great White Shark
Combine a variety of black and white drawing media to create a realistic drawing of a Great White shark.
How to draw with powdered graphite
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Learn how to use powdered graphite to develop an underpainting and create a drawing of a dog.
How to draw a horse with pencil
Learn how to draw a horse in motion with graphite pencils in this lesson.
How to draw a realistic bird with graphite and white charcoal
Learn how to draw a bird with basic shapes and render the image with pencil and white charcoal.
How to draw animal fur
Learn two different approaches to drawing animal fur texture in this lesson.
The Secrets to Drawing - Drawing From Photos
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Learn how to draw from photographs to produce accurate results.
How to draw a lion with Graphitint Pencils
Graphitint pencils are used to sketch a lion in this tutorial.
How to draw a dog with graphite - Live Lesson series
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Learn to get loose with graphite pencil drawing in this full length demonstration of a drawing of a dog.
Graphite drawing of a dog - step by step
See all of steps in the creation of this drawing of a dog in graphite in this video.

STILL LIFE


Learn how to draw a rose with pencil in this easy, step by step lesson and drawing exercise. (Photo reference included.)
Marbles with Graphite and White Charcoal
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Learn how to create the illusion of reflection and transparency with graphite and white charcoal while developing a drawing of five marbles.
Pencil drawing texture study 2
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How to create the illusion of texture in a graphite drawing and the factors that most contribute to success. The second of three subjects is explored in this module.
Pencil drawing texture study 1
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How to create the illusion of texture in a graphite drawing and the factors that most contribute to success. The first of three subjects is explored in this module.
How to draw a realistic light bulb - Live Lesson series
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A detailed lesson series on drawing a realistic light bulb with graphite on smooth Bristol paper.
The Secrets to Drawing - Drawing From Life
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How to draw from life and create accurate reproductions of what you are observing.
How to draw a realistic leaf with graphite pencils
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A two part video series on creating the illusion of texture in a pencil drawing.
The Secrets to Drawing Graphite
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Learn the basics of drawing with graphite in its various forms.
Draw with Water-Soluble Graphite
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Learn how to use water-soluble graphite in this full length video demonstration.
Form - The Secrets to Drawing Course
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Learn how to use shading and manipulate light to create the illusion of form in a drawing.
The Secrets to Drawing Value
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Learn the power of value and how to use it to create the illusion of form and volume.
Hatching and Cross Hatching with Pencil
Learn how to create smooth gradations of value using hatching and cross hatching.
How to draw with water-soluble graphite lesson
Learn how to draw with water-soluble graphite in this video tutorial.
Drawing with Value - Lesson Excerpts
Learn how to use value to create the illusion of form and light in this tutorial that features excerpts from a 1 hour drawing demonstration.
Drawing with value- Full Lesson
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Learn how to draw with value in order to create the illusion of light and form in this recorded live lesson.
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A Bit About Graphite

Graphite is the dark gray material that is found in most pencils.  Graphite is most commonly referred to as pencil or lead.  Graphite is a grayish material that is available in a variety of different grades. 

"HB" is most commonly called a #2 pencil and is found in the middle of  the grades.  Softer graphite pencils are named "B" pencils and range from "B" (soft) to "9B" (extremely soft).  "B" pencils generally make darker marks because of the softness of the graphite.  One downside to "B" pencils are that they become dull easily. "H" pencils are made of harder graphite and range from "H" (hard) to "9H" (hardest). 

"H" pencils make lighter marks but keep a sharp point for a longer period of time.  Graphite also comes in large chunks that are not in pencils.  This graphite is used for covering large areas of a surface quickly.Free Drawing Lessons-Graphite

*NOTE: The quality of the graphite pencil that you use for your drawings does affect the quality of the result. Check out the brands I recommend here.