3 EASY TIPS for Drawing GREAT Sketches

hello everyone welcome back to my
channel I’m brushes and bunnies and in this video I’ll be giving you some of my
easiest and simplest tricks that you can apply to your sketches to give that
extra pop or that extra contrast when it comes to art sketching is one of my
favorite things to do above anything else I appreciate it I think it’s
beautiful way of doing or creating art so over the years I have developed my
own style and I have also have developed these sort of go-to techniques or
methods to make that style come to life in a way so how to create deeper values
how to blend the pencil or the graphite pencils there’s a lot of things that I
have learned over the years so I want to cover those things in this video
starting with the materials some kind of blending techniques how I do my own
thing and also how I establish value with the graphite pencils and colored
pencils before we get started I just want to let you guys know that I do have
an Instagram Facebook accounts if you want to give a follow there I do post my
art and some Instagram stories sometimes of bunnies and travels and things that
I’m up to so if you want to give a photo you can go ahead there so let’s get
started with covering the materials having a great set of graphite pencils
can make a world’s difference between a simple HB sketch to a sketch that has a
great range of values and death my go-to said is the favorite castile 9000 art
set that includes 12 graphite pencils that range from a light 2h to a hard 8b
this is one of my absolute favorite products just because of its high
quality and durability I never really have issues with the LED breaking and
also the pencil itself draws onto the papers super super smooth I also think
that for 12 pencils you do get a great price for it at least in Germany it’s
about 12 euros for the box maybe outside of the German market it might be a
little bit more expensive but 12 euros for 12 pencils I mean how can you go
wrong with that additional materials include what you see here I have a
tissue or paper towel for blending I also use a tortilla or a blending stump
for blending which I’ll be talking about in a few minutes the next things I do
use our erasers I have a kneadable eraser just for general erasing of a
large surface and something that’s a little bit more defined more thinner is
my stapler eraser I wish I actually had one that was smaller which I’ll probably
be buying very soon but this does help for detail work when you’re drawing with
graphite and finally I do have my colored pencils for that extra detail or
contrast I do now mix between prismacolor and faber castell
polychromos they do have a difference and I’ll be doing a separate review
video on the difference between these two products but I do use this for extra
contrast in my work there are many ways to blend with a
tissue a blending stump a brush with the gradient or even with your finger I
won’t be talking about every method but I’ll only be talking about the methods
that I use every time I sketch my favorite blending technique is with the
tortilla or the blending stump which is what you see me use right now in the
video this is essentially a rolled-up piece of paper that has a pointy end I
guess that’s the simplest way to describe it
this tool is commonly used when blending drawings that have to do with charcoal
or graphite pencil it is one of the most effective blending waves I find anyways
you can also get a tortilla in different sizes from ranging from very thick to
kind of medium sized width which is what I’m using now to something that’s a lot
thinner and pointy err for finer detail I really like this tool just because it
gives that right amount of blending I don’t have to work too hard for it and
also I don’t typically blend crazy amounts of paper or drawings i I don’t
tend to draw very realistic I have kind of an illustrative style so this is a
perfect blending technique for some of the key areas that I want to blend for
example around the eyes around the nose the mouth maybe the hair and this
basically covers everything I need to do with blending another blending method
that I use has to do with the way you draw with the graphite pencils by
creating a simple gradient with a different value so you can create a
smooth transition between light to dark this is the method I typically use when
sketching in hair or backgrounds in this example I have a base of H and then I
gradually sketch a to be on top and also a 3b using tissue or paper towel is another
method that I seldom use this is super practical when you have a larger area
surface that you want to blend perhaps a background or around the edges of a
subject to get the blur effect overall in terms of blending methods I tend to
stick to the first two with the blending stump and the gradient effect if you’re struggling with creating a
great sketch try working with a wide range of values by incorporating
highlights mid-tones and shadows into your work you will quickly see a huge
difference in contrast in the case of my work as it is not realism you will not
see such a wide range in values I tend to stick primarily to two h HB 2b 4b and
8b although the first four values are closer and range the eighth beast sticks
out like a sore thumb but that’s the point with my style I’d like to use the
darkest value for certain elements such as the eyes or to frame the face in
certain cases not even the 8b is dark enough so what you’re seeing me do right
now in the video I am actually using a colored pencil to sort of highlight
these key areas around the face to darken them and really make them stand
out using a colored pencil is a great way to further enhance the darkest area
of your sketch and as a bonus it also sort of eliminates the shine that you
get with graphite pencils so let’s put part 1 2 & 3 all together
in the speed drawing video of this quick little sketch that I did in my
sketchbook essentially what I attend to start off with is always with my
lightest pencil this could range from 2 H to H B whatever I feel like using I
will use it but it’s going to be the lightest value ever as I progress with
the drawing I basically you know built the phase or built with the subject and
as I progress I start to add more values as I go along
I tend to work around the eyes first so I’ll start to add a 2 B or 3 B it’s
still going to be quite light in terms of the value range but I do tend to
start already building up some of this contrast as I go along
I’m adding contrast I’m blending it I’m using the gradient method I’m using my
blending stump to blend and I just keep adding layer on top of layer around the
certain elements that I want to emphasize my style is very specific and
illustrative and the way that I tend to use a darker value such as 6b or 8b to
emphasize the face or areas around the face or key features such as the eyes
and lips I really like this angular perspective and I like to draw thicker
lines in certain areas and I find it really beautiful when I use a darker
tone for this so this is more or less kind of the thinking behind why I use
these certain values for certain areas on a subject there will be a point in
the drawing when I will switch to colored pencils and this will then be to
highlight certain areas sometimes I use colored sometimes I stick to your
grayscale and or indigo blue or even black but I tend to use the darkest
pencil crayons around the eyes the nose the lips the face and the hair and again
this is just a highlight and really kind of extract that that contrast that I
want one of the things that tends to happen with graphite is that it’s quite
shiny one put against the light so having a kind of mapped colored pencil
on top of it will eliminate the shine and it will just bring that contrast to
another level once I’m happy with the result with the contrast and kind of the
highlighted elements I then go back and kind of fix some things add details for
facial details or skin details I tend to work with the lighter pencil maybe 2h or
in F even and I will add imperfections to the skin and also rework some of the
contrasting elements such as the blending or the gradients additional
things that I may do is either whip out my colored pencils and maybe draw one
color just to give a little bit more life to the character for example here
I’m using pink in the sketch or I then switch to my eraser and I just kind of
highlight certain areas especially around the eyes and this is why I would
recommend getting a eraser that’s a little bit thinner the tip is point here
and you’ll be able to get really into the
nitty-gritty details of your sketch and highlight certain areas very very
beautifully so yeah that’s about everything I hope you did enjoy this
video I hope you learned something please let me know down below in the
video comments if you have any additional things that you do to make
your sketch stand out or to make your sketch really pop with vibrancy and with
life I’d love to hear your techniques so do comment down below that being said I
will then see you in next week’s video I hope you have a wonderful weekend and
yeah I hope the sun is shining in your part of the world we’ll see each other
very soon bye


  • Makayla

    !!!thank you !!!!!!!!!

  • Sara M

    Thanks for the tips ♡♡

  • Tes C

    Omg I was the first like I love your style and thnx for sharing all these great tips

  • Luné Studios

    Omg I love your art so much! Your videos have been helping me improve my art! Thank you!

  • Miss Melodie

    great tips
    best wishes from switzerland

  • Anum Shahzad

    You're amazing! love ya! ♥️✨

  • Artistic Wolf


  • Anna's Art

    I love you soo much, your vids helped mr improve my art tysm

  • Brushes and Bunnies

    How's everyone's Sunday going? Ps. If I sound and look funny talking, it's because I am still recovering from a tooth procedure! :B

  • AfroFan

    Thank you so much I'm starting to do anatomy! 🙂

  • amy_ bam

    Did you draw Lucifer and Chloe in the beginning 😱😱😱❤❤❤
    I love them together and the show in general as well 😍😍

  • AllysonCalleigh


  • Daniel Hoyle

    Very nice, great sketching and interesting techniques. Thank You.

  • Ashley 'Kitten Moonshadow' Brunette

    I like to also switch between a B&W sketch with a colored background and a colored sketch with a B&W background. When done on the same page it can create some really nice contrast and interest in your sketchbook. ^^

  • The Geek Monster

    Wonderful tips, thank you! I would still love a tutorial from you on drawing eyes; I know you did a "do this, not that" one for realistic eyes. But I'd love one that shows how you do your stylized "illustrative" eyes, like in this sketch. I absolutely adore your style. I've been sketching with just a mechanical pencil for a long time, and this makes me want to pull out my other pencils and try them! I do have a YouTube channel as well (not really focused on drawing, and I desperately need to upload a new sketching video), as well as a Deviantart page if anyone wants to take a peek 🙂

  • NissyBrown

    I just love brushes and bunnies 💜

  • mary BA

    Are you still active on discord?

  • Supernintendogirl 73

    Wow. Great tips, I really needed these. I love your channel, your drawing faces videos are the only ones that truly helped me!😊

  • Cay Carlson

    I don’t hear anything except the background music yikes

  • Angela lalalalalala

    Really helpful tips! ❤❤❤

  • GRANDPA !!!

    Late😐….. awesome video…..love ur art style!

  • Kimberly Crick Art

    Shading with graphite pencils became so much easier once I got one of those sets with all the hardness levels like you show at 1:24 – I got the Tombow one and was impressed with the smooth laydown too. I was like "6b where you been all my life?!". Such a life saver when trying to get those rich darks with minimal effort, while being able to blend super light with a stump to get a range of shading.

  • Pat .K

    Emotionen face!!!》🐰 awsome, fancy!!!👍

  • Eliza Shkafaj

    Make a video what stuff do u recommend begginers to buy

  • Sergio P

    You're using the best stuff on the market, actually. I use chamoise for blending, though. Great work here. Thx for sharing.

  • ketiocity

    Illustrealistic style maybe? 🤓

  • halo beeb

    Omg you answered my prayers!!! I was struggling with sketching literally yesterday with my bf

  • Moon Ram

    Thanks for this video ! Could u demo still life with this technique. Do u use toned paper — if yes, could u demo that as well. Thanks.

  • N E F E L

    So helpful 💓 thank uu

  • Wesley Banks

    No finger, oils from you skin will ruin the blend and texture of your drawing. It can also cause it to look foggy/muddy
    Put a tissue or paper-towel over your finger

  • Kokoreth

    Everytime I watch your videos I got the envy to draw hehe. Thank you for sharing this, I will try it 🙂

  • Kim Higdon

    You can find really tiny mechanical erasers on amazon for cheap and it has helped me so much for sketching and fine details. They also fit in my sketch bag and keep things from getting messy.

  • Mackenzie Breanne

    Great tips and I loved your commentary for the walk through

  • My Roblox Gameplays - Kinda Funny

    Thanks so much, this is really helfull your such an inspiration♥Oh and my sunday is ok kinda having a bad drawingday 🙁

  • mjpete27

    Very generous of you and wonderful tips! Enjoying your return and hope your journey in life and art is bringing you happiness! I like how you draw as well as your watercolor paintings! I do like my mono zero eraser pencil, I would recommend. Thanks again and have a lovely day.

  • 5Factos

    Awesome 🙂

  • jean ester perez


  • Vodullox Komsilcha

    0:16 Lucifer!

  • Arctic Ocean


  • fluffybangtan

    Following your tips and tricks have greatly helped me improve my art. Thank you so much!! ❤❤

  • Chrissi

    I love this sketch! Will try out some of the techniques when I get home tonight. Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Hope you all have a great day!

  • daniel vela

    why dont you draw males faces but only female faces ?

  • Juju Kharz

    Awesome videos….love your work..and yes there is this tombo mono eraser its a eraser pencil totally great product….available at amazon….

  • Wizardry Wolf Art

    Woa I like the cubic shapey edges in your style

  • April The Hedgehog

    Do you sketch from your head or do you use references?

  • Gio Gonzales


  • Starsky Kessler

    Your videos are so underrated. I love your art style, its beautiful.

  • TheFuzzynic

    Love you illustrative art style! How do you keep your sketches so clean and avoid smudging? I always have a problem with my sketches smudging when I close my notebook :'(

  • raksa sok

    Ur videos are getting better and better! I love it!!! <3

  • Laavi.n

    Where do you buy your blending stump? I can’t find it anywhere in Germany

  • TheoooArts

    You know that 8B is soft. H is Hard

  • ちゃんネルフフ

    Those who disliked Can't draw

  • Nicolas Evarst

    When i want to draw a realistic potrait, and remember i have only one ordinary pencil..

  • Karen Kessin

    The best and thinnest stick-type eraser I've ever found is the Tombow Mono Zero. Jetpens carries it. https://www.jetpens.com/Tombow-Mono-Zero-Eraser-2.3-mm-Circle-Silver-Body/pd/1747

  • Kathy Ovalle

    My queen is back ❤️

  • Jashka Roze Estrada

    I like your art style. Not very realistic nor cartoonish. (I'm very interested for semi realism or art styles like this) 🙂

  • L1qu1d S1lenc3r

    This isn't a sketch.. it's a pencil Art piece.. once you render it(when you shade it) it is no longer a sketch.

  • Iplay Slide

    Wow!! Amazing!! And I mean YOU are Amazing!! I startet out learning to draw about 3 months ago and I've watched hundreds of videos of different instructors. I've learned more from you and this 10 minute video than from all I've watched combined!! I'm so happy I found your channel !! Thank you very kindly!! 😁

  • John Ruiz

    You totally need a Tombow Mono Zero eraser, the best for adding highlights and removing small areas of graphite. Lovely sketch and thank for sharing.

  • Tomas Soejakto

    Not a pencil sketcher myself but I really like your style. It's a beautiful face, although from a strictly joking point of view you could also say she looks like she's about to sneeze 😋

  • Tinybird 360

    Please look at my art Chanel I’m just a starter but when I use your style I’m much better

  • Aleah Minks

    What the— ONLY 160K!?? We’re gonna have to take some subs away From PewDiePie

  • Светлана Иванченко


  • Carlos Brito

    The thiner rubber you`re looking for, is a Tombow Mono Zero. 🙂

  • Juvi Arocha

    okay did i just saw lucifer????

  • Linda Del Rio

    Yes myself art draw . My learning art good.😗😗

  • Khan Arfa

    You look like jojo siwa when she grows up. I'm sorry if it sounds stupid ;-;

  • Trevon Brown

    So beautiful I'm going to draw you don't worry I'ma professional when I'm done I'll post it on Facebook and send you the link it'll be awhile though cause I'm working on a picture of the Ninja turtles.

  • Aleksa •

    And at the end she asked us if we had any tips for her 😂😂😂

  • ArtiSHard


  • 「 α η g є l」

    She's looks like jason from tokyo ghoul 😂😂😂😂😂

  • Kylee Grace

    Ah A tortilla, welp time to go get some tortilla's, I dont think I would make tacos after I just used one but mk
    Grabbing tortillas

    This joke wasnt even funny Poof

  • Rebekah Diel

    I absolutely love your style! I hope that one day I can draw as good as you.

  • Toot Kie

    I actually have the first pencil in my school 😂

  • T J

    Ive always used my fingers for blending since i didnt have proper supplies growing up but that helped me develop a habit of making sure i dont have too many oils on my hands when drawing which i feel helps with smudging

  • Channel 123 PLEASE DO NOT SUBSCRIBE 567

    I love the language you use – so specific and educated haha and in reply to techniques I honestly dont have one except for using copic markers for shading when I'm lazy. And it's amazing how you can make something so simple look so nice and sastifying at the same time! <3


  • Rainbow_Legos

    How long does it normally take you to finish a sketch? I love ur art!

  • Dresthon

    Wait holdup
    Is that Lucifer and Chloe?!?!

    Btw season 5 confirmed jsksjebd

  • hafiz Drawing

    Well done..here new friend ✌️

  • Violet Connie Art

    Such great tips 💜🙂

  • Luke Phipps


  • Foxy Lady


  • Gấu Ngọc

    How surprise I just came to the book store and picked the same pencil brand with yours! Idk much about sketch so you are inspiring me alot.
    Love your art work.

  • pieter pieterse

    Like ure vidios ..good tips

  • Maxiiaan

    Here we are, Lucifans! 0:16

  • Montassar Wahaibi

    Awesome !!

  • Kpop_Lovers Forever

    To be honest I just noticed that your drawing looks like 'Hwasa' from a a K-Pop girl band called '*MAMAMOO*'

    Anyways, you draw so good and thanks for the tips!

  • Nowfel Sawda

    To anyone reading this your beauty is beyond imagination

  • No u

    Love your channel and art so much, thank you

  • L

    i really like your style! i just learned to draw a month ago. still trying to find a style to focus on, and trying other style as well. but do i have to learn all the basics first? like perfecting lines, anatomy, shading, perspective and such, or can i learn it while learning the art styles?

  • Catherine Levison

    That is the same techniques I use for pencil work. I’ve recently been bringing in far more colored pencils and adding touches of watercolor. Each sketch is treated differently. Some, I lighten the pencil marks before adding line drawing and others I am going in with watercolor right on the graphite for a nice realistic look. Blending stumps changed my life a few months ago. Also, the small and precise erasers are great. Looking at your links it appears you favor the Schmincke watercolors and Shinhanart premium watercolors, is that true?

  • Drawing something

    0:18 lucifer season 5 is co

  • Jozf

    I don't like using my fingers for blending – I usually end up with oils from my hands in the sketch

  • Taehyung's pocket

    I just came back to your channel after a while. I used to binge all your videos. And wow you had a glow up. And your art is still just as amazing if not better!!

  • Khushbu artworks

    Which type of paper you used in your drawing

  • Wendell Phillips

    Love your channel. Couldn’t find you on instagram…Thank you!!

  • I'm Sarcastic

    So I love using q-tips for blending too, but a GREAT hack I found that has been amazing for shading and even very light pastels has been using dry paint brushes! Small detail brushes to slightly broader brushes is such a nice way to blend beautifully. Let me know how it turns out if you've never tried it!

    LOVE your style by the way, so lovely! You have that nice cross between cartoon but realistic.

  • Tim Holland

    Very nice, clean work.

  • Art Guru Mohit Sharma

    Woww great sty connectedddd neww here 👍☺

  • Katie 1172

    awwwww she looks like a bunny


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