The Art of Sea Shell Drawings with Staedtler Lumograph

15 May 2023


How to do it:

Firstly, it's important to choose the right tools for the job. Staedtler Lumograph pencils are a great choice for sea shell drawing. They are professional-grade pencils that come in a range of hardnesses, making it easy to achieve different levels of shading. They are also lightfast and break-resistant, so you can be sure that your art will stand the test of time.

When it comes to drawing, there are a lot of different ways to approach it. You can draw freehand, or you can trace an outline first. If you're a beginner, tracing is a great way to get started. You can use our handy templates (see links above), or you can create your own by tracing an actual shell. 

If you'd like to see how we've done it, you can follow along with the instructions below:

Print out the shell motif. Use a soft pencil (Mars Lumograph, 4B) to evenly shade the back of the template motif.

Place the template (with the front facing up) precisely on the drawing paper. Then trace the outline and lines using a sharpened pencil (HB). This transfers the motif to the paper. Before removing the template, check to see that all the lines have been transferred. Now place the lettering centrally under the motif and trace all letters.

A small tip: Placing a piece of paper under your drawing hand stops areas that have already been worked on from smearing during the rest of the drawing process.

Step one & 2

Add another line parallel to the diagonal lines. Use a 2B pencil to colour the resulting fields in.

Use the 4B pencil to draw back and forth along the transverse lines.

Erase a semicircle at the bottom.

Painted Egg

With the 4B pencil, you can deepen the dark spots in the left diagonals.

Now colour in the letters with the HB pencil.

Sea shell drawings with Staedtler Lumograph pencils offer a great way to bring a little bit of the beach into your home. Whether you're a seasoned artist or a beginner, this art form is easy to learn and can be incredibly therapeutic. By following the tips outlined in this post, you can create beautiful, detailed drawings that capture the essence of the shore. So why not give it a try? You might just find that it brings a sense of calm and peace to your life, even when you're far away from the ocean.

To create a range of sea shell artworks, take a look at the tutorial video below.

Video Tutorial

Why use Staedtler Lumograph Pencils?

Creating a masterpiece entails a lot of hard work, creativity, and the right set of tools that can accentuate your art. One tool that every artist must-have is a decent set of pencils. They’re the most basic tool, but with extreme significance. One pencil brand that stands out is the Staedtler Lumograph. Artists and illustrators worldwide have been using Staedtler Lumograph pencils for various art forms, be it sketching, technical work, or detailed designs. In this blog, we’ll give a rundown on why Staedtler Lumograph pencils is a must-have in every artist's repertoire.

Staedtler has a reputation and a centuries old legacy of delivering top-quality products to its customers. Like any other product, quality matters, but it has a higher significance in art products. The quality of the pencils determines the finesse of your artwork, and Staedtler Lumographs are known for their uncompromising quality. Made using the finest graphite, these pencils provide smooth and consistent laydown on different surfaces, whether it be paper, tracing paper, or cardboard.



Staedtler Lumograph pencils come in various lead grades ranging from 6B to 4H, which allows you to express yourself in multiple ways. The range lets you create different line thicknesses, shading styles, and even intricate details in your sketches. The pencils are particularly suited for those who love to experiment with their art, and the quality of the lead ensures that your work will always look professional.



Art pencils tend to break and crumble, but not the Staedtler Lumograph. Producing break-resistant tips with high-quality graphite ensures that these pencils last longer than most others with comparable price tags. The leads of these pencils are securely bonded to the wooden casing for longevity. So, whether you are creating art projects regularly, once a week, or even less frequently, you will find that your leads don't break prematurely.


Comfort and ergonomics

Drawing is a process that requires patience, precision, and comfort. The Staedtler Lumograph pencils are designed with user experience in mind. With ergonomic shapes and a comfortable grip, these pencils allow you to precisely control your strokes for longer periods of time without excessive hand fatigue. You'll have fewer breaks in your concentration because these pencils make it easier to draw continuously.


Environmental Impact

In these times, we are more aware of our environmental footprint. Staedtler Lumograph pencils are part of that conscientious mindset. These pencils are made using eco-friendly materials, non-toxic and acid-free. Beyond the materials, the pencils come with a PEFC certificate, which means that the wood used in them comes from controlled, sustainably managed forests.


Undoubtedly, Staedtler Lumograph pencils are a must-have for any artist. Their impressive array of features, quality, durability, ergonomics, and eco-friendliness makes them the best that you can ever get currently. Moreover, these pencils are readily available worldwide, so no matter where you are, you can get your hands on them. Staedtler Lumograph pencils help you push your creative boundaries and streamline your artistic process. Are you convinced yet? Start upgrading your art supplies kit today.


Here at Eckersley’s Art & Craft, we are proud stockists of STAEDTLER products. If you are interested in finding out more about the products mentioned in this post, feel free to pop into one of our stores. Many of our staff are talented artists themselves, and they are always happy to share their knowledge and expertise. You can find your nearest store here.