Graphite Pencils

When we hear the word pencil, we immediately think of a piece of lead encased in wood. Actually, there is no lead in a pencil; it contains graphite.

On each artist's pencil, you will find a letter and a number —2H, 4H, 6H —as high as 9H. The H indicates hard. The higher the number, the harder the graphite, and the lighter the line. Pencils marked B are softer — 2B, 4B, etc. The higher the number, the softer the graphite, thus giving a greater range of darks.

Other graphite pencils encased in wood, which will surprise you with their versatility, are the office or school pencils. The range may not be as great as the hard or soft artist's pencils, but you can ac complish some nice sketches with them.

The carpenter's pencil consists of a wide graphite in a flat piece of wood, wonderful for laying in broad tones and values quickly. Other pencils in the graphite family are the water-soluble sketching pencils. They come in only three degrees of B. What makes them different is that when you finish your drawing, you can take a brush, dip it in water, and apply it to your drawing. The water breaks down the graphite, creating washes of grays from light to dark, depending on the lights and darks in your drawing. You can go over your drawing again with the pencils, but only after it is completely dry.

In addition to the wood-

encased graphite pencils, you'll find various degrees of thin leads that fit into a mechanical pencil holder. You will also find Vi-inch leads that have a plastic or metal holder. They are great for sketching outdoors.

Cousins to the carpenter's pencil are two pieces of graphite that are not encased in wood. One is V4 inch square, the other is V2 inch wide and V4 inch thick; both are three inches long.

Finally, there are the woodless drawing pencils made of graphite with a protective coating. They can be sharpened for fine lines or flattened for broad strokes, and they are available in the soft B category.

Graphite Pencil Drawing Pencils

A. Charcoal pencil, hard

B. Charcoal pencil, soft

C. Wrapped charcoal pencil

D. Mechanical pencil for '/4-inch charcoal sticks

E. Carbon stick

F. Conté sketching pencil

G. Vine charcoal sticks

A. Charcoal pencil, hard

B. Charcoal pencil, soft

C. Wrapped charcoal pencil

D. Mechanical pencil for '/4-inch charcoal sticks

E. Carbon stick

F. Conté sketching pencil

G. Vine charcoal sticks

Lessons Graphite Pencil Drawings

A spiral-bound sketch pad is very convenient, as you can tear a sheet out of the pad without fear of ruining your drawing. It also folds over nicely, but be sure to slip a piece of newsprint between each drawing so as not to smear them. Newsprint pads are economical and usually bound with glue, so the sheets are easily removed. Your sketchbook will see a lot of use, so I recommend the hard cover, because you are sure to produce some gems you will want to protect.

A spiral-bound sketch pad is very convenient, as you can tear a sheet out of the pad without fear of ruining your drawing. It also folds over nicely, but be sure to slip a piece of newsprint between each drawing so as not to smear them. Newsprint pads are economical and usually bound with glue, so the sheets are easily removed. Your sketchbook will see a lot of use, so I recommend the hard cover, because you are sure to produce some gems you will want to protect.

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