How to sharpen a pencil with a paper knife properly for drawing

Hello! This is the lessons of artist Daniil Belov. Now I’ll tell you how to sharpen pencils. Pencils that are sharpened with a pencil sharpener don’t suit drawing well, as one can’t draw with them like this, holding the pencil with the sides against the surface of the paper. Now I draw less with the tip and more with the side of the lead. You can draw like this but drawing this way isn’t always the most suitable. To draw comfortably you need to sharpen the pencil so that you have a lot of exposed lead length and a lot of exposed wood. To sharpen the pencil, you’ll need a paper knife like this. It costs less than a dollar. Use it while it’s sharp, as a blunt knife will break the lead. A sharp paper knife is very convenient for sharpening. You should take the knife, lean it against the pencil, and make movements directed away from yourself, like this, in a curved motion, as if rotating the knife. Not like this, – you can cut yourself – but directed away from yourself, in a curved motion. If you cut the pencil without the rotation, you’ll break the lead. You need to peel the wood and rest the knife against the lead almost in parallel. Or you can sharpen the lead tip at the end of the movement, just barely touching the lead with the knife, carefully sharpening the tip, so that you don’t break it. Naturally you should do that into a trash can. This will be handy. Just watch the shavings. They should fly into the bucket, not onto the walls. Finally I sharpen as if I am peeling the lead. That’s what we get in the end: we have a lot of exposed lead and a lot of exposed wood. Now you can put in a little extra effort, if your paper knife is still sharp, and sharpen the tip with the knife perfectly. If your knife is not very sharp, you can use a piece of sandpaper, to sharpen the pencil. The sandpaper for sharpening pencils can look like this. It also can simply be a block. This one is pimped out, you can hang it somewhere, and admire it. But it can simply be a block. Here is the rough surface, you can sharpen a pencil with it. You simply lean a pencil against it and sharpen it. It’s especially handy, if you use some soft pencils. The lead from soft pencils can break quite easily. To sharpen them with a knife is harder. If you sharpen the tip of the pencil with sandpaper, It will be pointed like a needle. You can even prick yourself with it. It’s important for drawing sharp, clear and narrow lines. You can actually do that with the knife too, I mean sharpening the tip. Usually everybody does it with a knife. To do that you should grasp pencil like this at the tip, lean the knife exactly against the lead and carefully… (now I move the knife not with the hand, but with the thumb of the left hand) carefully putting pressure on the knife, and I gradually cut the lead, sharpening the tip, making it pointed. You can even sharpen it like this, to make the tip quite pointed. You can also sharpen the tip this way: lean the pencil with the lead against a surface. Not your wallpaper, but a special surface, which you use for sharpening. Carefully sharpen the tip with the knife. So, when you sharpen the pencil this way, and you leave a lot of exposed lead and a lot of exposed wood, you can draw not only like this, but also like this, with the side. And you will also be able to control the width, and the softness of the line. You will be able to draw like this, with wide soft lines, or you can grasp the pencil differently and draw narrow sharp lines like these. Have you noticed that when you have better materials and prepare them better, it’s easier to draw? Leave your comments in the comments section. After seeing the next lesson, you will be able to master the most basic artistic skill: How to hold a pencil and how to draw straight lines by hand. Before starting a new video, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel and click on the bell button to receive notifications about new videos.

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