Everybody knows how to draw with a pencil, right?
Something I often see kids (and adults) fail to notice about the pencil is the wide range of marks it can make. Take light and dark marks, for example:
In art classes, you often have to make a bar like this one to prove that you know how to make different values with your pencil:
That's pretty boring! What if you were to draw, say, a fox, with and without dark and light lines?
Now you can start to see the difference that occurs when you use those light and dark and varied (hair-like) marks!
I like this exercise:
1. Draw a scribble:
(I could spend a lot of hours on something like this—how about you?)
So... take out your pencil and try varying the lines. Try shading something. Try filling in the corners of a scribble! And HAVE FUN! Hooray for the Amazing Pencil!