If you want to master pencil shading techniques, it will take some practice. This is because different pencils create marks that are noticeably different from one another, and understanding which pencil does what is extremely important.

My best advice to learn shading is to go out and experiment with some of the best pencils and explore different methods. In this article I’ll share my insight to help clarify the learning process. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to try shading with intent – and create drawings by employing a range of shading techniques. You can widen your technical expertise further with our roundup of the best how to draw tutorials.