I don’t use graphite pencils very much, but if I did, I would choose to use a watersoluble pencil – such as the Faber Castell Aquarelle Graphite pencil in either 2B or 4B. This is what the above sketch was done with.
If I had to pick a normal graphite pencil, I would probably reach for a Palomino Blackwing Pearl, or a big oversized lead! I love all of the Palomino Blackwings – smooth and dark lead. The chunky silver lead holder in the above photo was one of my treasured tools as an architect, and I used it a lot for quick sketches when I first started sketching. You can read more about my use of pencil here.
BTW the sketch in this photo was done in May 2016, the day I heard about the tragic passing away of my sketching friend Florian Afflerbach. You can read more about that here.
Basically, I don’t know a lot about graphite pencils since I so rarely use them.
So I would love to hear from you – what pencil do you use and what do you use it for?
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