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STEP 1. These are your basic sketching pencils. For me I use these pencils almost every time I sketch out a drawing. Notice the difference in richness and color with each pencil.   STEP 2. There are two types of sketching paper that I use, light weight paper which is only used for pencil sketching, and then there is heavy weight sketching paper that can be used for a variety of heavier pencil drawing.   STEP 3. This is a an example on how a shaded object should appear. If there is light coming from the bottom of the objects stance, the bottom should have a lighter shade of pencil. The further in you go the darker the object gets.   STEP 4. Here is an example of the different types of pencil strokes that is used in common sketching, or sketched drawings. First you have the normal stroke, then the popular cross-hatching which is used to define, circular shading, and then dot shading.   STEP 5. Let's start by sketching a nose in pencil. First sketch out a triangle like so.   STEP 6. Now you will begin sketching out the shape of the nose including the contours and all. At this point the nose sketch is very sharp, and bold. It will be softened out in later steps.   STEP 7. As you can see the nose is starting to take on a different look because now I am actually sketching with stroke technique, and shadowing as well. The shading is done too but you will sometimes need a q-tip or soft cotton ball to blend in the pencil to soften the effect. You can also use your finger too.   STEP 8. When the nose has been sketched out, shaded in, and softened up you should have a drawing or sketch that looks similar to the one you see here.   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8.