How to Hold a Pencil: The 4 Different Ways

Holding a Pencil – How Do You Do It

 

Everyone does it, why not learn how to do it properly? How should you really hold your pencil? It might be surprising to know that there isn’t just 1 way to hold a pencil. The style of which you hold your pencil can give you different styles when writing or drawing. It’s important to try out all the different ways to not only figure out which way is more comfortable, but which style of writing or drawing you prefer as well. Now we will go over the various different ways to hold a pencil.

 

 

[Tripod Hold on Doodle Drawing]
 

The First Grip, The Writing Grip or Tripod Grip

 

The very first on our list is none other than the tripod grip or sometimes called the writing grip. It is considered the most common  way to hold a pencil. This grip helps you have better control on your drawings when you need that perfection in your art.

Now the cons of this grip is the amount of range you have when drawing. This grip excels only in fine details.

*How to hold the pencil with the Tripod Hold

[The Writing Grip or Tripod Grip on Doodle Drawing]

Next Up, The Traditional Grip

 

This grip is easy to explain. The name comes from how the majority of the population holds their pencil. The pencil will be in between both  your thumb plus index finger while laying against your middle finger.

Comparing the two grips talked above, the biggest difference will be the amount of control they  each will give. As said above, the tripod hold will give you a smaller range in motion than the traditional hold.

*How to hold the pencil with the Traditional Hold

Third on our list, the Extended Hold

 

If you’re doing a large sketch, maybe look into the extended grip. You need this grip to put the initial outline and proportions for larger sketches. Like the traditional grip, but instead of holding the pencil like the majority of the population, the extended grip requires you to hold the pencil more towards the back of the pencil.

Again with the cons of the type of hold with the extended grip is the lack of accuracy when not doing broad lines and proportions. This grip does help create large smooth lines since not only our fingers and wrist are involved but your arms and shoulders as well.

*How to hold the pencil with the Extended Hold

 

[Extended hold grip on Doodle Drawing]

The Overhand Grip, A Must

 

The Overhand grip or overhand hold is an absolute need when shading. This grip is perfect for when you need to cover as much surface area as possible as quickly as possible. I would argue this is the most important grip to use when drawing. You can create incredible pieces of art, quickly, with just this pencil hold. However, the pieces won’t be as detailed as they might need to be due to the speed efficiency of this hold. 

Use this hold for shading, or covering a large surface area of the paper you’re drawing on.

*How to hold the pencil with an Overhand Grip

[Overhand Grip on Doodle Drawing]

Which one did you like the best?

 

I recommend trying out all 4 grips mentioned above and seeing which one you like best depending on the scenario you’ll use the grip for.

Let us know which one is your favorite! Good Luck with your Drawings!

 

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Hopefully, you’ve learned something new about the different ways to hold a pencil, and we’d like to hear from you guys! Did you learn something new today? Either way, let us know by leaving a comment below.

Holding a Pencil – How Do You Do It

 

Everyone does it, why not learn how to do it properly? How should you really hold your pencil? It might be surprising to know that there isn’t just 1 way to hold a pencil. The style of which you hold your pencil can give you different styles when writing or drawing. It’s important to try out all the different ways to not only figure out which way is more comfortable, but which style of writing or drawing you prefer as well. Now we will go over the various different ways to hold a pencil.

 

 

[Tripod Hold on Doodle Drawing]
 

The First Grip, The Writing Grip or Tripod Grip

 

The very first on our list is none other than the tripod grip or sometimes called the writing grip. It is considered the most common  way to hold a pencil. This grip helps you have better control on your drawings when you need that perfection in your art.

Now the cons of this grip is the amount of range you have when drawing. This grip excels only in fine details.

*How to hold the pencil with the Tripod Hold

[The Writing Grip or Tripod Grip on Doodle Drawing]

Next Up, The Traditional Grip

 

This grip is easy to explain. The name comes from how the majority of the population holds their pencil. The pencil will be in between both  your thumb plus index finger while laying against your middle finger.

Comparing the two grips talked above, the biggest difference will be the amount of control they  each will give. As said above, the tripod hold will give you a smaller range in motion than the traditional hold.

*How to hold the pencil with the Traditional Hold

Third on our list, the Extended Hold

 

If you’re doing a large sketch, maybe look into the extended grip. You need this grip to put the initial outline and proportions for larger sketches. Like the traditional grip, but instead of holding the pencil like the majority of the population, the extended grip requires you to hold the pencil more towards the back of the pencil.

Again with the cons of the type of hold with the extended grip is the lack of accuracy when not doing broad lines and proportions. This grip does help create large smooth lines since not only our fingers and wrist are involved but your arms and shoulders as well.

*How to hold the pencil with the Extended Hold

 

[Extended hold grip on Doodle Drawing]

The Overhand Grip, A Must

 

The Overhand grip or overhand hold is an absolute need when shading. This grip is perfect for when you need to cover as much surface area as possible as quickly as possible. I would argue this is the most important grip to use when drawing. You can create incredible pieces of art, quickly, with just this pencil hold. However, the pieces won’t be as detailed as they might need to be due to the speed efficiency of this hold. 

Use this hold for shading, or covering a large surface area of the paper you’re drawing on.

*How to hold the pencil with an Overhand Grip

[Overhand Grip on Doodle Drawing]

Which one did you like the best?

 

I recommend trying out all 4 grips mentioned above and seeing which one you like best depending on the scenario you’ll use the grip for.

Let us know which one is your favorite! Good Luck with your Drawings!

 

We’d Love Your Feedback!

Hopefully, you’ve learned something new about the different ways to hold a pencil, and we’d like to hear from you guys! Did you learn something new today? Either way, let us know by leaving a comment below.

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