Cre­ate a pen­cil-style art­work

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Get back to ba­sics with a sim­ple but beau­ti­ful graphite-style por­trait

Get back to ba­sics with a sim­ple graphite style and some sketch­ing and shad­ing tech­niques

Most art­work starts off with a pen­cil and pa­per, but isn’t a shame that so much art­work doesn’t end the same way? Pen­cil sketches may have be­come a for­got­ten art to you if you’re some­one who ditched tra­di­tional draw­ing as soon as you down­loaded Pho­to­shop, but it is pos­si­ble to com­bine the two styles, es­pe­cially now that Pho­to­shop has added smooth­ing to the Brush tool. This sim­ple tweak means that now you can drag the brush around your im­age for bet­ter curves than ever be­fore; if you haven’t up­graded to the lat­est ver­sion of Pho­to­shop though, there are plug-ins such as Lazy Nezumi Pro ( that can help you achieve the same ef­fect.

Ul­ti­mately though, it re­ally doesn’t mat­ter too much if your work is a lit­tle sketched and messy, with­out the curved con­trol of smooth­ing: this is a pen­cil sketch, after all. The hatch­ing around the leaves and hair in this im­age is go­ing to be a rougher con­trast to the con­sid­ered mesh shade of the face, so de­spite work­ing ex­clu­sively in one colour, we’re go­ing to clash styles a lit­tle.

Feel free to take this fur­ther with colour and paint brushes; a pen­cil and pa­per sketch can just be the start of your cre­ative ad­ven­tures.

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