I was doing some reading today an]dfound an article stating the typical pen writing grip is bad for drawing.
They suggest this sort of grip instead
or others such as violin bow grip.
Would you guys recommend avoiding the typical pen writing grip for drawing? I tried switching over to one of the recommended grips in the article but I find I lose alot of control, and I dont have much to begin with.
Here is the articlehttp://chiseledrocks.com/main/musing...old_the_pencil
A writing grip is good for small details, but bad for broad strokes.
Every book on technique you open will tell you that drawing happens from the shoulder. It's awkward at first, but that's because you used the writing grip all your life. When you want to draw a circle you don't do it by twisting your wrist as if you are writing. You move your whole arm. If you are doing this, the new grip style will come naturally because when you move your whole arm you don't want to smudge everything beneath. That's what will happen if you draw from the shoulder and keep your fingers so close to the tip of the pencil and the paper.
So, draw by moving your whole arm as opposed to moving just your fingers. The new grip will make more sense then. When you need to add small details, you will naturally switch to the writing grip. Keep practicing and soon you will be using both without even thinking. Your hand will know what to do.
I tend to move my grip around depending on what angle I want or how broad I want the line etc.
It's sort of instinctive so it would be difficult to show. I suppose the best way to describe it would be doing sort of tricks with your pencil/brush (I know it sounds silly).
I think as long as you don't grip tightly and draw from the arm instead of the wrist you'll be ok.
Just do what works.
I use several types of grips, depending on what I'm doing. If I'm doing fine detail work I'll choke up real tight like I'm writing, if I'm doing large broad strokes I'll pull way back and use my shoulder more, if I'm doing a long stroke but want to retain some control I'll hold the pen halfway and move from my elbow.
Do what makes sense, don't worry about the "proper grip".
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There are a lot of different ways to hold the brush/pen/crayon ect. Reading about technique is a good start, but eventually you will have to experiment and come up with your own.
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The writing grip is only good for making tiny repetitive strokes. It has its uses, but it is not a good general drawing grip. The chief reason I discourage that grip is that for most people it is the instinctive grip which instantly puts them into the "writing" mode and using their fingers, and that's unsuitable for drawing.
You need to move your whole arm when drawing: fingers have a very minor role in it. Gesture and violin bow grips are good for freeing the arm. The loss of control you complain of should not worry you; what do you expect to happen if you suddenly change the way you are deeply accustomed to doing something? Just practice drawing from the shoulder and you'll get the hang of it and get your control back. Drawing on bigger paper helps too: small mistakes will not have a large influence if you increase the drawing size.
Note that switching the pencil grip mid-drawing to match what you are doing is necessary for good results. Some grips excel at broad strokes, some at small controlled ones, some are in between. Experiment and get to know what your arm can do. I tend to move through the whole spectrum of gesture grips instinctively by now.
Once using your whole arm becomes a second nature to you, you can use whatever grip you want. (I move the whole arm, from the shoulder, even if I hold the pencil in the writing grip. But as long as the writing grip makes you forget the shoulder and move your wrist or fingers, avoid it. It will pull you back into the old habit which you want to break.)
Last edited by arenhaus; November 4th, 2010 at 04:41 AM. Reason: typo
Considering the horribly contorted way some people hold their pencils, even the standard writing grip would be an improvement.
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I clicked on this expecting to see a bunch of "just do whatever's most comfortable/natural for you" comments - I'd not really thought about how grip could affect one's drawing! I'll be paying attention to this now and see if I have any bad habits to work on.
Thanks for posting BlueHabit, and to everyone for their helpful responses ^_^