Do you draw and hold your pen the right way? |TIP101

We was drawing at Garden by the Bay, in Singapore. I took a picture of my friend drawing. It was the first I saw someone holding the pen that way (picture below). So I tried. My movement became clearly limited. Maybe I was just not used to it ?!

wrong position holding pen

I ask her to hold the pen how I usually recommend (Position A below). She tried and she was surprised that she could suddenly gain more agility.  She has an opportunity to improve by just readjusting her pen grip.

how to hold a pen - the design sketchbook Pen grip

I invite you to look at how yourself hold your pen. You may try the 3 ways below.

how to hold a pen - the design sketchbook  A Writing details positionhow to hold a pen - the design sketchbook B lines and curves positionhow to hold a pen - the design sketchbook C Circle position

These pictures are extracted from [the Designer Starter Kit]. You can Sign up to the blog, and I will send you the full eBook with some exercises to practice these 3 positions of pen. You will learn how to make straight lines and perfect circles. 🙂

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Chou-Tac

If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my career, I believe that they can also help you to learn, and help you with your projects. Whether Design is a job or a hobby it doesn’t matter, so long as you do what is important to you.

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