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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Hello! I am a Product Designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim is to help you all along with your design projects and journey! Leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at : ) Chou-Tac


  • SMSS

    Reply Reply April 8, 2022

    Hi! I’m not sure I see the difference between B and C. Are you just resting more lightly with C?


  • les images 2 Renata

    Reply Reply January 29, 2015

    yeaaa is exactly what I was saying on FB ha ha

    • Chou-Tac Chung

      Reply Reply January 31, 2015

      Ahah yeah. Same same.

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