An integral part of any pencil artists supplies is an effective set of drawing pencils. These will be purchased pretty cheaply in any artist supplies store and are a fantastic funding as they are going to final for a very long time when taken care of correctly. It’s value shopping for a top quality set of pencils as poor high quality graphite can result in issues creating constant tones and even scratches within the paper.
Drawing pencils can usually be bought in containers of six or twelve they usually vary in scale from 6H, which is the toughest and provides the lightest tone, to 8B, which is the softest and produces darkish tones. When shopping for a set of pencils be sure they span a spread of tones from pretty arduous to tender. It’s not often vital to make use of quite a lot of pencils when producing a drawing as a variety of tones will be produced just by various the strain that you simply use to supply the pencil strokes on the web page. A great mixture of pencils to make use of is a HB for the preliminary drawing of the define and preliminary shading, and a 5B/6B for including depth to the drawing. It can not often be vital to make use of pencil lighter than HB, and arduous pencils could depart indentations in your paper when arduous pencil strokes are utilized.
Do not be afraid to make use of tender pencils to supply darkish shading within the areas with shadow as a robust distinction in pencil tones will assist give the image depth and a 3 dimensional high quality. A great approach to make use of when shading a drawing is to start out off by shading your entire drawing evenly with a comparatively arduous pencil after which including progressively darker layers to this with softer pencils to construct up the tones on the pages. Mushy pencils can be used to construct up consistency in a drawing as plantable pencil strokes from tender pencils when utilized evenly will are inclined to mix into each other with out the necessity for crosshatching. Crosshatching is drawing of two layers of high-quality parallel traces which are at right-angles to one another and is used to create space of tone in a drawing. When utilizing tender pencils, should you make delicate pencil strokes which are shut collectively alongside a single aircraft, this may create the phantasm of an space of tone the place the person pencil strokes are invisible.
After sharpening a drawing pencil, be sure to make use of a scrap of spare paper to uninteresting the purpose, as a pointy level on the tip of the pencil will make efficient shading tougher. For some examples of portraits that had been drawn with a HB and 6B pencil mixture take a look at my pencil portrait web site.