How To Sharpen Pencils For Drawing or Watercolor Painting

This tutorial shows how to get long leads and sharp points on drawing pencils

Many folks use some version of a pencil sharpener to keep their pencils pointed.

For drawing, it’s a better idea to have pencils sharpened to allow use of the side as well as the point of the lead.  The solution is to sharpen with a blade or utility knife.  Start the video to see how.

You’ll need:

  • Pencils
  • Utility knife



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