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The Art of Pencil Drawing

"Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence." Henri Matisse 

I have always been interested in drawing and dabbled in it in my spare time here and there, but I had never allowed myself to explore my interest in it fully. I often thought I didn't have the the proper tools and that with the little time I usually have to spend on creative projects, my progress would be slow and tedious.

Photo and drawing by Olivia Bartz

But when I was given the opportunity to study abroad in Paris this past fall and an Intro to Still Life course was offered, I knew I had to take it. What better time to learn and practice proper technique than when surrounded by artistic expression and historic museums in one of the most artistically inspiring cities in the world? I learned many things from this class but the main piece I took away was that my preconceptions about drawing were myths: good, satisfying drawing can be done anywhere and with the simplest of tools. My personal favorite: pencils.

In The Art of Pencil Drawing, Gene Franks provides an overview on tools, procedure, and basic technique before diving in to a myriad of example drawings, ranging from simple everyday objects to landscapes to people.


Images excerpted from The Art of Pencil Drawing

What kinds of things do you enjoy to draw?

Olivia Bartz

Olivia is the Marketing Intern for Quarto Publishing Group USA and is excited to graduate from UC Irvine this June with a B.A. in English. She is happiest when reading a good book or writing about her adventures abroad, and continues to be inspired by all things outdoors. Olivia loves to try out new art mediums and techniques but has yet to be disappointed by a pencil and sketchpad.   

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