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Choosing The Perfect Pencil For Drawing

By Kerrie Nev

Most of the people think that selecting a drawing pencil is an easy task. You have to just see your pencil jar and grab the right pencil. The difficult part is that there is variety of options regarding this which results in creating confusion in our mind. It is not as easy to select the number 2 pencil.

Number 2 pencils are fine for math class, but not necessarily for drawing. There are both hard and soft pencils in varying degrees. 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.

Most of the people love to use the hard pencil for the outline purpose and for the purpose of shading any area in alight way .All the hard pencils are designated by the letter H. It is also known by the number 0 and up like for example, 1H, 2H etc.

As the number will be higher, the pencil will be much harder. This is the reason why the number 2 pencil is named as HB. This particular pencil is a combination of both hard and soft material. The designation meant for the soft pencil is B. This particular pencil also has a varying degree of softness that starts from 0B and up.

In the case of softer pencils, if the number will be higher, the pencil will be much softer. For example, a 7 B pencil consists of softer graphite material when compared with the pencil named as 2B. The soft pencils are great for shading any particular area. At the beginning, you should use the least soft pencil and gradually they should use the softer pencils.

The reason behind this is that when we press the soft pencil more amounts of graphics start to break when compared with the hard pencil. The best way for the purpose of drawing is to use varieties of pencils. For starting, you can use the H pencil, for outlining the sketch.  

Kerrie Nev runs workshop in pencil making. He has a keen interest on different types of pens and pencils. To have a look at his collections, please visit the sites pentel eraser refill and cheap personalized pencils.

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