Deborah G. answered 06/19/19
BFA Fine Artist with 14+ years teaching art
Hi! That's a great question. Using the tip of the pencil will give you one result, but if you hold the pencil between your index and middle finger and hold pencil with your thumb for stability, turn your hand over so the palm is facing kind of upwards and elbow is off table, you can use the side of the pencil graphite, giving you a broader and softer line for shading. It sounds complicated, but if you can visualize what I am describing, you'll discover a whole new way to shade and draw. Also, there are drawing pencils that have different hardness leads for variety of line. A must for the serious artist. Good Luck!