Graphite pencils are mostly used in schools are bought in packs. They contain lead that has reflective particles hence not good for drawing. With graphite pencils it is essential to understand the various types of pencils there are out there. The following are the best graphite drawing pencils
Hard pencils are not harder to draw with. It is the graphite that is described as hard. Because it is hard, less graphite breaks away from the pencil, and a lighter line is drawn. It’s recommended to use hard graphite pencils when outlining and when shading very lightly.
The letter H designates graphite pencils. It is preceded by numbers starting from such as 0H, 1H, etc. The more the numbers, the more, the harder the pencil is. This is why a regular number 2 pencil is HB. It is a mix of soft and hard.
The letter B designates soft graphite pencils. It also has varying degrees of softness starting from 0B and up. The higher the value, the softer the pencil is. For example, a 6B pencil has softer graphite than a 3B.
Soft pencils are best used for shading. Start with the least soft pencil and work your way up to the softer pencil because of the softer the pencil, the darker the line. This is because as you press on a soft pencil, more graphite breaks away than a hard pencil.
The best way to draw is by using different pencils. You can start with an H pencil, outlining your sketch and getting the basics down. Press lightly so that the lines don’t show through. This is just to get down the correct dimensions.
Then move on to the soft pencils to begin shading. You should buy softer pencils when you need smoother shading or a darker line. Use a blending stump or your finger to blend the shading and make it look smoother.