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paperclip
04-08-2006, 11:02 PM
Pencils!
Which are the best pencils to use for sketching? Shading? What's the best way to sharpen a pencil?
How do you get these lovely thin, strong lines? Does brand matter?

ALSO:

Post your favorite pencil sketches by other people!

I really like:
Andrewley's:

http://img375.imageshack.us/img375/128/catnhim6sb.jpg

and beaux's:

http://www.beauxpaint.com/sketchersroyal/wp-content/uploads/2006/03/stackedfigures.jpg

Here's another question:

Best way to scan in pencils? Best way to clean them up?

Jack Shannon
04-08-2006, 11:40 PM
Your small green pencil sharpner is the best.
Anyway, I use anything that is near by, normally my mechanical 0.7mm mechanical pencil with 2b leads that I bought. Sometimes If i want to do lots of shading fast I use my 4B pencil. Recently, I have started experimenting with a ballpoint pen.

http://www.fotosearch.com/comp/BDX/BDX113/bxp26586.jpg

LadyMedusa
04-09-2006, 08:44 AM
Is there a difference in the color of the pencil sharpener?
My favorite is also green o.O
I use a knife if I whant a smudgy effect.

I tend to use HB for lines ams 3B for shading

I'd say the best way for cleaning them up is to prevent them from being overly messy. I tendt to have baking-paper under my hand so I won't smudge.

Rebeccak
04-09-2006, 09:07 PM
Here are older tutorials thread in which pencil work is discussed:

TUTORIAL - Shading Techniques (Various Media) - by Rebeccak (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=273928)
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=273928

Shading Tutorial by Slux (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=281480&page=3&pp=15)
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=281480&page=3&pp=15

In terms of charcoal pencils, PixelColada / Sheff posted something about his supplies in the Life Drawing thread, in this post:

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=2687901&postcount=84

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

dbclemons
04-10-2006, 02:05 PM
Woodless pencils are the best for me. Set the graphite free! You're able to shape the point more easily. This includes mechanical pencils too. Some art stores sell huge chunks of graphite that can be very interesting to use.

Simon
05-03-2006, 11:39 AM
Borrowed a graphite pencil from my art tutor today... They take some getting used too. Anyone got any tips for using them?

OliveBeard
06-05-2006, 05:14 PM
Borrowed a graphite pencil from my art tutor today... They take some getting used too. Anyone got any tips for using them?

Hold the middle, index finger towards the tip, with the pencil approximately 30 degrees off parallel with your arm.. Make sure the sharp end is touching the paper, and the blunt, rubbery end is in the air. Varied back and forth strokes will create dark and light lines. Reverse blunt/sharp end to remove mistakes. :)

Sorry, what kind of pencil? Graphite is the only material I've ever used in pencil sketching.

This article seems to be very helpful on the types of pencils and their most common usage:

http://drawsketch.about.com/cs/suppliesbooks/bb/bybgraphpencils.htm



On that note, the 2B Dixon Ticonderoga wood pencil is the greatest pencil. I would only argue in favor of expensive "art" pencils if you create graphite works that are going to be framed and hung themselves...otherwise you're just wasting money, IMO.

Happy Trees
06-08-2006, 05:11 AM
Pit oil based pencils are my #1 choice erace fairly well are fairly hard but you can still get realy rich tones.

Also faber castel and

prisma collor or prism collor collored pencils (im not quiete sure which one is the reall deal) are really nice for a deep layered drawing. The downside is they dont erace quite well.

And my favorite way of sharpening a pencil is using a blade or in my case a box cutter/carpet knife

try to expose the tip more than the green sharpener would so you have larger area to shade/grain with

but this is I suppose for larger non sketchbook pieces.

JonShipman
06-29-2006, 09:16 PM
Hold the middle, index finger towards the tip, with the pencil approximately 30 degrees off parallel with your arm.. Make sure the sharp end is touching the paper, and the blunt, rubbery end is in the air. Varied back and forth strokes will create dark and light lines. Reverse blunt/sharp end to remove mistakes. :)

Sorry, what kind of pencil? Graphite is the only material I've ever used in pencil sketching.

This article seems to be very helpful on the types of pencils and their most common usage:

http://drawsketch.about.com/cs/suppliesbooks/bb/bybgraphpencils.htm



On that note, the 2B Dixon Ticonderoga wood pencil is the greatest pencil. I would only argue in favor of expensive "art" pencils if you create graphite works that are going to be framed and hung themselves...otherwise you're just wasting money, IMO.

I'm guessing he meant woodless graphite. ::shrug::

I generally sketch with a mechanical pencil on acid-free paper. I generally hatch when it comes to shading but sometimes I bust out a 4B or HB woodless graphite depending on what's handy ATT.

erilaz
06-30-2006, 02:33 AM
I just dicovered the joy of the F mechanical pencil. Feel the love. :)

Andrew Ley's pencils rock (http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=42514).
Wes Burt's pencils rock (http://www.wesleyburt.com/galleryfecal.html).
Marko Djurdjevic's pencils rock (http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=68188).





:D

Ernest Burden
06-30-2006, 05:26 PM
I've bought just about every pencil and paper you'll ever find, and my favorite by far is Derwent. For me its 9B for most work, its so soft it feels like an oil pastel, and makes a luscious black. Otherwise, an F is nice, any HB is a perfectly workable pencil.

And for paper--Bienfang Cartridge is best for me, buy tiny sketchbooks for drawing on trains, and large pads for finals.

Not that I've been able to draw much lately. But I took my illustration work to all digital a few years ago just to re-new my hunger to draw. Drawing and painting what other people told me to draw all day made me not want to do any artwork for myself. But now painting will be a welcome change from abusing pixels all day.

DrFx
07-02-2006, 02:05 PM
For me it's Staedtler 2B for sketching and EB (soft-waxy) for shading!

ekah
07-07-2006, 06:47 PM
Hi Paperclip.

Below is a pic of my preferred sketching tools for sketch books or paper.

From top-left counter-clockwise:

-Mechanical pencil sharpner
-Mechanical pencil lead refill
-Mechanical pencil lead holder
-Graphite
-Wide lead pencil
-Sandpaper for wide lead pencil
-Sharpner/electric sharpner

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b160/ekah-illustration/CGTalk/misc/ekah_sketch_tools.jpg

For large scale sketching, I prefer charcoals.

Gord-MacDonald
07-20-2006, 07:01 AM
I work with a full range of pencils - from hb - 6b.

I use an electric pencil sharpener (the pencil is continiously being reshaped as you draw), and sharpen all of my pencils at once - 15-20 of each grade of pencil. I place them in an "is sharpened" container, and when a pencil gets to dull to use, I toss it into a " needs sharpening" container - this way my workflow in uninterruped.

I use the pencil in conjunction with kneaded eraser, soft cloth and blenders. I use the cloth to soften tone, the kneaded eraser to lift the graphite up from the paper, as well as to 'cut' hightlights and details into the drawing.

I sometimes use powdered graphite as well.

here is a great tutorial by Chris Wahl on scanning in pencil drawings as the basis for a full colour illustration:

http://chriswahlart.blogspot.com/2006/04/paperboy-step-by-step.html

DaddyFatSacks
08-15-2006, 12:43 AM
Damn, that Mars Lumograph mechanical pencil looks tuff. How much would one of those cost? and Where did you get it? I could use it for outlining.

aggie93
08-28-2006, 09:46 PM
I have always like staedtler pencils. I keep all the weights around for sketching. I go from harder to softer throughout the sketch.

I like this one I found, but it is charcoal. http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/33929304/
Then there is this one, simple but cute. http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/27021293/

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