Which Pencils are Best for Drawing?

Best Pencils for Drawing

The most common question I have been getting on my youTube channel is “which pencils are best for drawing?” Before I offer my opinion on that, let me briefly clarify the different grades for graphite pencils.

What are the Different Scales for Graphite Pencil?

The grading scale for graphite goes from 9H all the way down to 2H, then H, HB, B, 2B and all the way up to 9B (some brands goes up to 10B). A 9H pencil has an extremely hard lead, whereas the 9B pencil has an extremely soft lead. Right in the middle of the spectrum is the HB pencil, which is almost the same as the #2 pencil that you have used in school. The harder the lead, the finer the line, but also lighter. The softer the lead, the broader and rougher the line, and much darker. Therefore the full spectrum of lead goes from light and hard to dark and soft.

What are the Best Pencils for Drawing?

For me, the 2B, 4B, and 6B are my favorites. For general light sketching and roughing out process, the 2B works great. Once I have roughed out my drawing as well as some light shading with the 2B, I will use the 4B for shading the dark areas. Then the 6B for even darker areas just to give it a wider range of tones.

For fast drawings and sketching, the 6B is great. Because the lead is softer, you will be able to get a broader stroke resulting in quicker coverage on the paper. This allows you to shade very quickly, and will also give your drawing a more dynamic and lively feel.

What About the 3B and 5B?

You don’t need the 3B if you are using the 2B. Moving to one grade higher or lower will not result in much tonal differences. But jumping 2 grades will.

What if All I Have is a HB or #2 Pencil?

That is perfectly fine for drawing. Not having a darker pencil only means that your drawing will not get that dark, but you can still get a good range of tones on the lighter side of the spectrum. Your drawing will be on the lighter side, but it can still be beautiful. If you don’t have the soft pencils, don’t worry about it, just try to get a good range on tones in your drawing.

Drawing the Eye with Different Grades of Pencils

Here is a demonstration of the 2B, 4B, and 6B pencils so you can see the differences.

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Drawing Pokemon Characters

How to Draw Pokemon Characters

To draw Pokemons cartoon characters, start drawing the overall basic forms first to rough in the proportions of each character. Simplify the Pkemon forms with circles, ovals, rectangles, or any other simple geometric forms. Once the proportions are blocked in, add in the larger details, then smaller details. Don’t be afraid to extend each line as most cartoon drawings has simple and dynamic shapes. Extending the lines creates better lines and offer for reference points to work from.

In this step by step Pokemon video, let me show you how to draw Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Gloom, Psyduck, and Mankey.

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Reference Pictures for Drawing

Hi there, since many of you have asked about my reference pictures for my youTube drawings, I have created a new page with those reference images.

Check them out.

They are under Drawings—>Drawings on youTube—>Reference Pictures

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New Section – Drawings on youTube

Drawings from My youTube Drawing Tutorials

Finally, go this done! Since I have been doing a lot of drawings for my youTube channel lately, there are plenty of new drawings to show you here. In addition to my drawings, these images are also in high resolution so that you can see all the little pencil marks. I hope you find being able to see closely to a drawing to be helpful. I LOVE to look at drawings up close. The strokes tells of a process. It is like looking into the artist’s mind.

Please check this new section out.

I have also did a little clean up throughout my site to make it easier to navigate.

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Site Under Construction

Many sections are under construction.

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