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4B pencil

4B pencil

6B graphite stick encased in plastic

Graphite pencils

Graphite pencils range in texture from a hard 8H through to a soft 8B, with HB halfway between the two. Practically, you will achieve good results with a small selection such as 2B, 4B, 6B and 8B. Another option is a water-soluble pencil that gives rich, black marks and can be diluted with water to a transparent wash.

6B graphite stick encased in plastic

Graphite stick and holder

Graphite sticks

Graphite is also available in sticks that can be fixed in a holder or sold wrapped in a thin film of plastic. Graded in the same way as normal graphite pencils, they are best suited for large-scale work.

Coloured pencils

Coloured pencils are unlike pastels in that they cannot be blended. Building up layers of cross-hatching can produce what is known as an "optical mix" of colour - a visual effect whereby overlaid colours appear to blend together (above).

PENCILS & COLOURED PENCILS

Coloured pencils

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