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How To Draw A Pencil

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Imagine holding a real pencil in your hand, feeling its weight, and admiring its sleek design. Now, imagine being able to recreate that same pencil on paper, capturing every intricate detail and texture.

Drawing a pencil allows us to embrace the simplicity and elegance of something simple yet not ordinary. It reminds us that sometimes, the greatest beauty lies in the uncomplicated aspects of life.

Are you here to practice drawing pencils or teach your kids to do so? Well, you are at the right place. Let’s start with basic steps, then move on to drawing many adorable and fun-looking pencils!

So, grab your pencil, sharpen your imagination and dive into the world of pencil drawing

Difficult level Easy
Estimate time 10 minutes
Drawing materials Pen, Marker
Painting materials Pastel, Color pencil
Surfaces materials Paper

How To Draw A Pencil Step By Step

Draw the basic shape and add shading

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Step 1: Lightly sketch the basic frame of the pencil. It’s a rectangular shape that’s divided into three main parts: the body, the head (that serves as the eraser), and the tip of the pencil. Refer to image 1 for a relative proportion among these parts.

Step 2: Refine each part of the pencil:

  • For the body: You might’ve seen lots of pencils that have wooden casing with stripe patterns. So let’s bring this popular feature into your paper. Start by drawing two diagonal lines connecting the top and bottom edges of each side (slightly expand these lines over the top side to give it a three-dimensional appearance). These diagonal lines should be parallel to each other and slightly slanted to create a realistic wood grain effect.
  • Moving on to the eraser part: Draw a curved shape at the top of the rectangle. Then draw a second curve under the first one and make it slightly round to connect this part with the stripes of the wooden casing.
  • Now, focus on the tip of the pencil: Draw two diagonal lines to form the pointed pencil tip. Next, slightly sketch a curved line near the tip to represent the graphite. Then add small curved lines to indicate the transition between the body part and the tip part of the pencil.

Step 3: Want to take your drawing a step further? Add shading and extra details. Identify areas of shadow and use a light touch to gradually build up the shading. Additionally, shade the graphite fully black and draw an extra line to represent a simple sketch.

Draw a pencil with an extra lovely detail

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It’s fun to make your drawing standout with an extra touch of cuteness. See below for a simple way just to do that.

Step 1: Firstly, draw a basic shape of the pencil like the previous one. But this time, add a circle and two small blocks on the top to represent the bunny head.
Step 2: Next, slightly refine each part and also the new head.
Step 3: Refer to our image 3 for a simple way to add details to the drawing. If you want a different look for the bunny face, go ahead!
Step 4: Finally, use the same technique for shading and extra details.


Our tutorial has provided a simple and accessible approach to drawing a pencil. Whether you’re a beginner or looking for a fun activity for your kids, this step-by-step instruction will let your imagination take flight.

If this drawing enchants you, try to take it to the next level by making other ones with colors and different intricate details. You might create a box of pencils that replicate those you use and see over the time. Happy drawing, and may your creativity know no limits!

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