This tutorial explains the processes involved in drawing a simple sphere with graphite pencil.
- Pencils: HB-3B
- Cotton buds/pads/tissues or Q-Tips
Trace a circle using a something circular. Don’t apply too much pressure when you are doing so and make sure that whatever you are using to trace around is clean or else it may leave a dirty residue on the paper.
Decide on a light source and begin to shade the sphere but be sure to leave a small patch bare to act as the highlight.
Smooth out the shading with a tissue/cotton pad.
Now add slightly darker shading to the outer regions of the sphere where the shadows would lie.
Smooth out the shading. Make sure that you don’t smudge over the lighter areas where you did not just shade as you do so.
Now add another layer of shading, this time adding dark areas at the outer edges.
Again, smooth out the shading, but be careful not the go over the lighter areas as the shading is quite dark now.
Add a very thin layer of dark 3B shading on the edge opposite the light source and then smooth it out.
Finally, try and erase the smudges which will have accumulated outside the sphere, but be very careful not to erase any of the shading within it.
(Note: All images in this tutorial have been enlarged to make the steps easier to follow)