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    Pencil grip?

    What's the "correct" way to grip a pencil for drawing? I have an awkward grip. It's very uncomfortable but if I hold a pencil any other way my lines come out weird and it feels like I have less control. What's a better grip and how can I transition to it?

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    There are many "correct" grips, for many different situations. You should learn them all. You do this by actually doing it, weird lines and feeling of less control and all.


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    If it's comfortable, who cares if it looks awkward? I have a weird wrist posture, but hold the pencil between my fingers in a pretty standard fashion. Can't put my wrist down like you do.
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    But all the same, I'd say you're not giving the softer side of your palm enough breathing space, especially if you're going to work on large canvases. Sycra talks about a good way to hold the pencil in this video. A bunch of other useful stuff too.

    Don't bother looking at my sketchbook. I haven't updated that thing in years. :/
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    @elwell: Thank you so much! I searched "grip" in the forums but I just pages and pages of sketchbooks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudpuppy View Post
    @elwell: Thank you so much! I searched "grip" in the forums but I just pages and pages of sketchbooks.
    Happens with every search. Its our biggest section. What I do is, go into one of the forum sections itself, like Art Discussion, and search only
    in that section. Gives much better results.

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    I make my students stick their pencil in a body opening of their choice. While it feels awkward at first, and may even hurt a bit, in the end they learn to draw using the biggest possible muscles. And yes, sometimes I choose...

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