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Author Topic: Day 2 Let's draw- stroke exercises and grips  (Read 709 times)


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on: September 30, 2016, 08:02:06 PM

I am on day 2 of the course and have found the course material very helpful thus far.

I noticed on the video for the stroke exercises that for shading side to side, different grips are used other than the writing grip. However, I find when shading in the boxes, using the writing grip (particularly for curved shading) is much less messy and inaccurate than say the pointing grip or extended grip. It feels like I have more control of my pencil.

Maybe this is because I am shading in the little boxes. If I was shading a large area, I can see the logic in changing grip. However when I do, it feels awkward and cumbersome. Is this normal for newcomers to pencil drawing?

Should I be changing my grip? :confused:


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Reply #1 on: September 30, 2016, 11:33:11 PM
  :welcome: Welcome HB. O0 That is an excellent question. My personal opinion is that you will find the right grip for you. It is excellent to try the various methods taught by Nolan and practice them a bit. You will develop your own preferences and style with the knowledge you gain from the classes.  ;)
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Reply #2 on: September 30, 2016, 11:53:36 PM
You're correct. When shading in large areas or drawing larger shapes, different holds will work better. Also, the flatter you hold the pencil to the paper, your shading will look nicer.  Follow Nolan's lead. Experience speaks.
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Reply #3 on: October 01, 2016, 06:20:58 PM
Thanks for your help guys.  :thankyou:
I think I will continue to use the writing grip for small areas and try the pointing grip or extended grip for those larger ones like Nolan.
I am delighted that my question was answered so quickly!  :yippee:
I continue to be amazed at how supportive the forum is here :hug:
Now I can't wait to get drawing again!  :smitten:


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Reply #4 on: October 01, 2016, 09:54:45 PM
 :heeha: Hi 'hb'!  Yes you will find as you go along what works best for you. I know that as hard as I tried, I just don't do well with the chisel tip pencils..... so, I just use sharp round points. I tend to use a different grip from almost anyone I should think!  ;D   Play about with it. You'll find what works for you and then stick with it. What fun you'll have in the meanwhile!  :yippee:

looking forward to seeing your drawings  :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Reply #5 on: October 24, 2016, 08:30:01 PM
use whichever grip is comfortable and works best for you O0