Left to right: standard wooden pencil, lead holder, mechanical pencil, and sketch stick
Here's a question for artists: when it comes to drawing, what kind of
pencil do you use? There are various types of pencils, including the ones pictured above. I've been using a
mechanical pencil a lot lately. However, I think wooden pencils feel
more natural. But, pencils without wood are probably better for the
environment. Besides wood, there's also graphite or lead types to
consider. What type(s) do you need for your drawing? There are 8B, F, H,
and so on. Each type of lead gives a different lightness or darkness to
drawings. I figure if I'm doing a basic drawing, like a cartoon drawing
then I don't necessarily need a specific type of lead. But, if I'm
doing a realistic portrait, I may want to use various types of lead. So,
those are some things to consider when you're getting ready to draw.
My sister made some decorations for my birthday using a machine that makes cutouts of silhouettes. One of the things she made was of The Punisher symbol. It already looked cool, but I photoshopped it, and I think this looks cool too. I like how the skull has a metallic look to it. My sister made the cutout of The Punisher skull with a foil-like paper, which has adhesive on the back. She put that on a black paper circle. The paper is more or less like you'd use for a scrapbook. It's one of my favorite decorations she made. Below is a picture of the decoration.
This is my drawing for day 25 of Terri's "30 DAY DRAWING/ART CHALLENGE." You're supposed to draw "your favourite sweet food/candy/etc (Terri)." I have a few favorites, actually, and this is one of them. This specifically is a drawing of a fun size Twix from a Christmas variety bag. The scallop in the right circle behind the Twix is because one of the circles on the wrapper is like that. At least it looks like a circle with a scallop on the wrapper. I'm thinking of doing more with it later.
Terri. 30 Day Art Challenge. Terri.
I've been researching the various ways to hold your pencil when drawing. One of the things I found was a YouTube video at this link. It's from Proko. It looks interesting. I'm thinking of trying it after this post. I recommend giving the technique a try.
Update: There's another video, this one from Fine Art Tips, about how to hold your pencil when drawing. It's at https://youtu.be/TKagPZSLq6Y.