Hey, call me scrub if I posted this in the wrong forum, but it's kind of a weird question that mostly exists because I'm curious.

I'm wondering if there is a 'preferred' way to hold a pencil -- not so much in the finger placement on the impliment itself, rather how one holds their hand.

I ask because I've been practicing my circles (scrub, told you) and I've noticed that when I have my hand on the paper, the shape gets distorted because I find myself stretching the fingers rather than the side of my hand.

So, excuse the ensuing ramble here.

Is it wiser to hold the entire hand up and off the paper itself? I've tried this, and I can say that I can barely write my name in that fashion.

Would I be better off training myself to move my entire hand around on the paper? I foresee many smudged lines and shades in my future should I take that path.