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Understanding grip control techniques

How different ‘grips’ can influence your drawing control when working with Graphite Pencils, Fineliners and Promarker Brush.

Video Transcript

0:07    Hi, today I want to show you some different ‘grips’ and how these influence your drawing control when working with Graphite Pencils, Fineliners and Promarker Brush markers from Winsor & Newton.

0:20    Here with a graphite pencil I’ve adopted the ‘mid barrel’ grip. I’m working on Winsor & Newton Bristol Board Extra Smooth. This grip is for light mark making, no great detail. Ideal for an initial sketch.

0:39    Now I’m going to adopt the ‘tip grip’. This allows for far greater control as well as fine detail. Fineliners are generally used for detail and therefore the ‘tip grip’ works best. As you can see, I can produce neat detailed lines with uniform line weight.

1:02    Using the brush nib of the Promarker Brush I can create a lose effect with the ‘mid barrel’ grip. Then by simply switching to the ‘tip grip’ produce controlled detail. Control isn’t just achieved through your ‘grip’, look how I rest my hand on the surface. My fingers act as a support structure and allow for an arc like movement. By combining these techniques, you will soon achieve far greater control in your artwork.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this video.