How to Sketch | Sketching Tips for Beginners | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 21

(instrumental music) – Hey guys. Welcome back to another
episode of Art Journal Thursday where we get creative
every single Thursday here on this channel. And since so many of
you guys requested it, I will share some tips and
tricks on how to sketch that are perfect for any beginner. Let’s start with the materials. Obviously one of the things
you will need is paper. I would recommend to use paper
for drawing and sketching because it has a nice texture, but of course you can
use any paper you have, even print paper. And you will also need pencils. A lot of you guys asked
me about the difference between all the letters, H
and B, and all their numbers. That’s why I wanted to
give you a quick overview. So for H pencils, the higher the number, the lighter and harder the pencil becomes. An HB pencil is something
in the middle of an H and a B pencil, which I
also use most of the times for quick sketches and drawings. H pencils are great for sketching thin and non-blendable lines. As you can see, the lighter
the number of my H pencil is, the lighter the shading becomes. So with these pencils, you
can basically only get lighter and lighter. B pencils on the other hand are different. The higher the number of the B pencil is, the darker and softer the pencil becomes. B pencils are usually
used for sketching lines that are all blurry and smudged, and also of course for shading
because, as I said earlier, they are softer and you can blend them and you can create darker
shades with them as well. You don’t need all of these pencils. I usually don’t use H pencils that much but to have one H pencil
and a few B pencils such as two, four, and
six are a great start. Okay, another thing you can
also use is a tissue paper for blending instead of any special tools. I wouldn’t recommend using your fingers as you will add only add oil to the paper through your fingers and ruin the drawing. And since no one is perfect,
you can also use an eraser. Let’s start with the
basics that are so simple but really important when
it comes to sketching anything you want. Before you start
sketching, pay attention to how you actually hold your pencil. Make sure you don’t hold
the pencil super-tightly at the very tip of the pencil. You will not only have
difficulties moving the pencil while sketching, but you will
also only be able to draw in a short distance. It’s okay if you want to draw details but when it comes to sketching, holding the pencil loosely is key. That’s why I try to hold
it a few centimeters away from the tip between your fingers. This way you will be able to
move your hand more easily by moving your fingers and your wrist. As you all know, we sometimes
get super stressed out whenever we are about to
start drawing something and focus so much on making it perfect, but it’s really important to just relax and loosen up when you sketch. That’s why I would recommend
to start with drawing loose lines, circles, curves,
just to warm up your hand. Do it very loosely. Don’t focus on creating a perfect line. It’s not the point of sketching. Okay, now before we
start, choose the object you want to draw. You can use anything you find on your desk or you can also just use
a picture for a reference, and of course you can also just
draw from your imagination. Sketching is all about
capturing what you see by breaking it down into basic shapes. Even if you just want to draw a circle, it’s easier to start with simple lines and to work your way to the
final shape you are going for. A sketch would be the base
or a draft of an idea, an image you want to create,
not the final piece of work. Therefore, try to keep your
hand relaxed and move it lightly with lots of short, quick strokes. Use minimal pressure to
create the foundation of your sketch. This will make sketching a lot more easier because it will help you
to create the overall shape of the object you are going for without committing to one
single line that, well, might be crooked and
hard to erase later on. I believe lots of us forget
that sketching is all about exploring different
ideas, trying things out, and having fun while practicing drawing. So let go of the mentality that everything needs to be perfect. There is no such thing. So have fun and sketch
the outlines loosely and find the shape little by little. And when you finally
get the overall shape, you can use a B pencil and
start outlining the shape with a darker line. Here I’m using a 2B pencil. So try out this approach where
you start with loose lines that you create and form into the shape that you plan on drawing. Now once you’re happy
with the overall sketch, you can now make it look
more three-dimensional by shading it. There are different ways
how you can do that. By hatching and cross-hatching
where you either add shadows by simple lines or by crossover lines. You can contour and cross-contour
by following the shape of the object. But you can also add
shadows with random lines that might not make sense. Or you can add them by
stippling or simply by just smudging the pencil, following
the shape of the object. I won’t go into details
here because it’s a topic for a whole new video. I just wanted to give
you a quick overview. Just try out different
techniques and decide which technique you like best. This is a great way for finding your own unique sketching style as well. Now before you start shading, it’s important to find a light source as this is going to decide where
you have to add the shadows and the highlights. Where does the light come from? As I mentioned in the beginning, it’s important to pay
attention to the overall shape of the object. This is always important
when it comes to shading it. So we’ll start at the darkest spot that gets the least amount of light, and then blend it out
to the brighter areas by using any of the shading
techniques I showed you. If you draw something that is square, you don’t want to use
curved lines for shading. Rather, follow the shape of
the object while shading it. If you want, you can
also use a blending tool or a tissue paper and blend
out the sketched-out shadows following the shape of the object. This will create a smooth surface but you can also just
keep it the way it is, as all the different shading
techniques give the sketch a really nice feel and character, but remember, we are just sketching here. We’re not creating a masterpiece. Don’t feel like it has to look perfect. It doesn’t have to. This is only a sketch, a
draft for future reference or just for practicing drawing. Try to get rid of this
perfectionist mentality I was talking about earlier. If something looks horrible, it’s okay. You’re here to practice. Don’t beat yourself up if it looks ugly. Embrace it. I believe that it’s
better to create 10 ugly and unperfect art pieces than none because you can use all the
knowledge that you gained by sketching and drawing
all these art pieces for your next work that will look amazing. Just give your best, practice,
and remember to have fun. I really hope you enjoyed this
video and found it helpful. If so, don’t forget to
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on Thursday and on Saturdays. Thank you so much for watching, guys. Have a wonderful day, and
I will see you on Saturday. Bye!


  • kamadesign

    FAIL = First Attempt In Learning. That's something I think about every time my "perfectionist" comes out and hinders me from doing stuff. Thanks for a great channel. You're truly inspirational 🙂

  • Beebee art

    I love u u knowww. So motivated i am touched

  • vaibhav khair

    This video is really helpful.. Thank you..!!😊

  • Faith Andres

    I like how you explain things while you draw

  • Ashaun Nelson

    Dope intro

  • Peep Sneep

    Do u live in Germany?!

  • Deriya Mehmed

    Your videos are so cute❤️

  • zoe loeve

    this video and these tips are so helpfull, it's amazing

  • shiela Panim

    I've learned so much watching you

  • Sporiki Peri Ferrari


  • Optimus Prime Optimus Prime

    What was the prize of materials

  • Bareerah Bukhari

    It helped me a lot in my art exam.Thanks!

  • Johanna

    Are you from Germany?

  • Juli Soni

    What do you like sketching or painting

  • kullu Mehndi


  • Swati Kapoor

    I love it video


    What name drawing paper….copy

  • safira sheikh

    When you wish you could draw like her………🤔😅

  • Hao Eng Yang

    Can u buy one for me

  • Q u i n n

    Mako ' s videos inspire me to be better! Thank you Mako!

  • Chauhan Kavita

    Loved ur channel

  • Aneeqa Chaudhry

    Your channel is very good and very inspiring

  • Tran Yen Trang

    YOU, my friend, are AMAZING!!!

  • trillix

    Can you please tell me that song that was in the intro

  • C a a r o l i n a a

    I love this!!!

  • GamingProBG GPG

    Thank you

  • Xbox GamerTrev

    I wish I could draw from imagination

  • soujanya chakrabarty

    Can u make a video that how to do a sketch with the help of charcoal pencil..!!
    I just love your video… ❤ keep it up…

  • Aly Cherry

    Oh this was really explained well. Thank you! I haven’t checked through everything you have, but do you have any tutorials on sketching hands? I have an idea I want to paint or draw, that involves two hands cupped together with water in them and dripping through them. Can you do a tutorial on sketching hands? They are so detailed and very intimidating.

  • Isolated Egg

    I perfer sketching over using digital art.

  • Mrs wow!

    I like this shade too much😍😍🇼🇴🇼

  • Vishal Dev

    how much is the cost of all the pencil

  • pink flower

    Do you use references when you draw? Btw, love your videos

  • LagiNaLangAko23

    Was a drawing ever the final piece of work?

  • Oniket

    Really helpful 💙

    My favorite art tutorial channel 🙂

  • Noman

  • aishwarya singh

    you are so motivative teacher and creative.😊

  • Kalliya P.

    This was really helpful make more please

  • Alexis Plays 24 7

    My colors are gold and blue and I’m going to 5th grade. My colors for 4th grade is green and white

  • Mr_Bear

    wow I have all of them except for h….

  • Katarina. life

    2:22 Here is the beginning

  • John Abraham

    Amazing – Watch here how to draw beautiful eyes

  • fiddlestitch

    The pencils i need them rn
    Mostly ur drawings

  • DaniBird

    This was very useful! Thx 💜👌

  • Nova Sedler

    U are a vary good artist

  • esha noor

    sketching from imaginations is the toughest task in my life I can only copy😅😅

  • the gaming alonne

    Wait so there are 2 types of ways to sketch. by lifting the pencil off the table while you sketch. in keeping the pencil on the table while you sketch. I don't know which one to pick?

  • Gweb the loser

    Whats the intro music?

  • saeede Hashemi

    This is kinda a long comment so yeah my name is Sydney and I'm 9 years old and this video helped me a lot and when I was 4 years old I did some art it was good for a 4 year old girl but one day out of nowhere I drew a flower It had such little shadings in it and my mom was sooooo proud of me an now I'm nine years old doing sketches

  • saeede Hashemi

    I subbed

  • ArtAtul Sharma

    Good, i am a self taught artist, so useful info for me,though i use ball pen for sketching, #artatulsharma

  • JayJay PlayZ56

    I suck at this, thanks for the useless tutorial. I will sub I guess.

  • Joel Joseph

    This is awesome,I think this will help young people that want to sketch like me.

  • Seafoam Serpent

    Okay can I use just a normal pencil i'm a beginner so i'm going to be doing any fancy shading anytime soon .

  • Muhammad Farhan Ahmed

    I'm studying Industrial Design at University. It's my first year, and I'm doing well at all classes generally but lacking quite a bit in the drawing class as sketching isn't my niche (I'm more into pastel art and paper crafts). Your video however motivated me a lot. I should commit myself to sketch an object by observation every day because practice is the only way I can improve through.

  • Chaos is home for me

    just a question no hate but why is this episode 21 and not the first one because this is great for a beginner like me

  • Chaos is home for me

    i really love the smudge technique and i tried it and works great for me!

  • Akhil Wani

    You taught so well… thankyou🤗🤗🤗

  • Bea Sumaylo

    I was shocked on our art class , im a 6th grader studying here on Philippines , for years , I watch mako's video and this vid appeared on our class 🙂

  • Jaspal Singh

    Hey mako 🙋🙋🙋🙋
    It is a request;
    Pls make a video on lineart because my shaky hands and 😬FAT😬marker spoils my sketch😭😭😭
    Hope you reply soon😄😄😄

  • Aleesha Campbell

    I LOVE THE INTRO!!!!!!!

  • kipa yari

    It's very helpful

  • kipa yari

    Thank u so much

  • Kakul Chandra

    Thmls fr sch a wndrfil video

  • Laura Đurin

    Thank you, Makoccino! Your videos are really helpful and I enjoy watching them. I SUBSCRIBED!❤

  • Dayalan Govindarajulu

    Thank u so much…this amazing video is very helpful

  • Angelica Kayin

    this is amazing 👏👏

  • Marsh Madoodle

    I always enjoy your videos… I struggle with light sources and shadows and so I really think this just helped. Thank You Makoccino!!!

  • Kia AJ


  • Charming Pastels

    Fantastic video. These are some excellent tips.

  • Martin Dave Gutierrez

    Is charcoal pencil different to B pencils?Or will it both work the same? 😊

  • Nagalakshmi Ganta

    You could have done sketch instead of this turiol

  • Holo Is life

    I tried using a tissue and it works well for me thank you I would have never thought to use a tissue

  • Sharat Sahoo

    Can we sharpen these pencils

  • Ómra Gavin

    That intro tho 💕😍

  • Ómra Gavin

    Can I do an art surprise vid?

  • Trisha Sheshadri

    Wow!!!! You can get these materials anywhere, but turning it into something awesome like this…. this absolutely UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!

  • FedexPurpleKill ._.

    Can you also sketch with a normal pencil?

  • Online College of Art and Design


  • Fatima Beatriz Papa

    Muy hermoso ,y la forma que enseñas , pero podías decirme que lápiz vas usando para cada uno de tus dibujos ,, pero en castellano no se inglés , disculpa y muchas gracias 👍🏻
    Y felicidades por tu trabajo

  • Mr.Sojek

    Is this true that these kind of arts are used by introverts who prefer to be alone most of the time?

  • austrielle

    The song from the intro is Canals by Joakim Karud 🙂

  • Mux

    Your content as well as the production quality of your videos is very good.
    I'm so glad I found this channel

  • Adnan, Kazi.


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  • Jennifer CD

    Not the best video for beginners. Nice work for experienced sketch artists.

  • Fishy FA


  • Average_ Vic

    I dont have any of the pencils, I just use a mechanical one bc the only art store I go to is Michaels and “they r expensive there” my parents don’t let me buy any, I’m only aloud to buy 1 thing there each year and it’s hard doing some arts/drawings

  • Dj Powers

    You make me feel like i just had a wonderful dream! Thank you for sharing this video!

  • Rarity Roblox Gamer

    Just the thing I need 😊 Your drawing is awesome!!!! My friend is gona love it 😊

  • Becca_Biscuit

    Very helpful. 🙏 😊 thank you. Subscribed! 😃

  • Hamna Azhar

    Thank you for being so nice and soft

  • A& A

    Could you help me please there is my test after day tomorrow am too much afraid of it.. Bcz it about sceting and i like drawing so what can i do???

  • Ciara

    Notebook ✅
    Pencil ✅
    What to do now ?!?

  • Jahanara Begum.

    Ma'am you r my inspiration❤Thankyou so much for making this video.

  • Sums Gaming and more

    Who else just uses school pencils?

  • Marie_canbecool

    Her: There's this pencil and this pencil and this one and this…
    Me:*Holds mechanical pencil* Uh…

  • Roy Luo

    Tysm these tips rlly help me thanks for doing this! Keep making more

  • Sarai Martinez



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