How many times have you looked at your art materials collection and wondered how you can create art with this limited supply? Well in today’s guest post, the lovely Lianne Williams writes on how you can use just a pencil to create art that’s beautiful and brilliant. So let’s see what Lianne has to say shall we?

audrey hepburn graphite drawing by Lianne Williams

I get it. Art materials are rather lovely. New expensive art materials are damn near sexy. Or is that just me? I don’t know. But don’t you DARE try and convince me that the only way you can get a good drawing out of someone is to have a huge array of the best materials known to man. Don’t you DARE imply that the tools make the artist. Don’t you DARE pretend having the top of the range paper will turn your scribble into a masterpiece. No no my friend. A successful drawing is so much easier then that and all you need is a pencil, paper and persistence.

audrey hepburn graphite drawing by Lianne Williams


What’s that I hear you scream? ‘But that sounds like hard work?’. Yes. It is. Learning to draw takes time. If you draw with koh-I-noor graphite on fine handmade paper without a shred of hard work your drawing is still going to be poor. Do you want proof it’s not the tools that count.
Chris Herrera uses BIROS to draw like that. The magic comes from his persistence to master the tool and apply it in a way he sees fit. You go Chris! You master that biro! Stuck in an office scrolling through Facebook on your lunch break? Heck you could be drawing like that in a few months using office supplies.

biro drawing by chris herrera


No excuses.
Get a pencil and start drawing.



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About zakkiya hamza @ inkstruck

Zakkiya is the creative blogger and founder of Inkstruck Studio. She’s a self taught artist who let go of her architecture profession to pursue her passion in art. Zakkiya likes to write detailed tutorials in watercolor, calligraphy, and hand lettering. She also teaches watercolor workshops occasionally in Doha where she’s based currently. Other passions include traveling, photography, and basketball.When she’s not working, you can find her cuddling and running around with her toddler boy.


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