Create a pencil-style artwork
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 (lazynezumi.com) 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.