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badapple
08-02-2007, 10:25 PM
I've always seem to have used a mechanical pencil, but now I want to get a more finer line. What do you guys recommend?

J^2
08-03-2007, 06:04 AM
I use a Lumograph lead holder and I put a nice point on the lead with a drafting sharpener.

jakebilbao
08-03-2007, 01:28 PM
i use these babies:

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w73/jakebilbao1/Image004-1.jpg

i have other brands of these but these three are my staple. they wont work if you dont have these:

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w73/jakebilbao1/Image005-1.jpg

i use the steadtler brand more than the faber castell though. and these babies wouldn't be kept in check, if it weren't for these sheriffs!:

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w73/jakebilbao1/Image006-1.jpg
i bought many, because of all the things that get lost easily in my drawing area, my erasers are number one at getting lost. :man:

questions? :cool:

badapple
08-03-2007, 07:42 PM
Hey Thanks guys, and also for starting a poll. I think i'm going to make a switch to lead holders simply cause I do notice the more finer lines out of those. Thanks again guys :thumbs:

shushubag
08-03-2007, 10:05 PM
Yeap that's pretty much the same thing I use. Mines are Sanford Turquoise. Erasers are the cheapest thing I can pick up from Wal-Mart.

Premature Inker
08-04-2007, 02:07 AM
For most of the sketches I have posted I used a Pentel Forte Pro mechanical pencil with a 0.9 lead...gives an excellent line and shades very smoothly.

J.

ShanE
08-04-2007, 03:38 AM
me, I actually use a virtual pencil...wacom pen.

captainarian
08-05-2007, 05:55 PM
are those blue ones grip holders? i thought they were in the mechanical genre, i mostly use mechanical. steadler with 0.5 lids, i use those blue ones too (every artist should have atleast one of them).
i use normal pencils too wich are mostly fabercastle.
i'm not too comfortable with B series, i use H and HB, but sometimes i use B3 too (when it's really needed) i hate making my hands dirty while drawing, it messes the paper and pisses me off.
and JAKE those pencils of yours are pretty old man, lol, it's time you get some new ones with a plastic holding thing instead of iron.

chaosgoat
08-06-2007, 12:55 AM
I use these great mechanical pencils that I got from my mom from when she was a drafter...

http://www.scribblers.co.uk/acatalog/pentel_p205_automatic_pencil.gif

Premature Inker
08-06-2007, 04:17 AM
Oh yeah that is a great pencil..and you might be glad to know that John Romits Jr uses that same pencil with a 0.7 lead to do his tight work...Great choice.


J.

Justice41
08-06-2007, 12:12 PM
I use those Pencils you get at Golf courses for keeping score. Small but free. It's a tool not a magic wand.
http://www.golfpencils.net/images/pencilsimg.jpg

jakebilbao
08-06-2007, 01:31 PM
and JAKE those pencils of yours are pretty old man, lol, it's time you get some new ones with a plastic holding thing instead of iron.

hehehe it just goes to show they are used. :laugh: yup they are old, the metal part on two of those are already going gold (from silver). and i don't intend to switch to the plastic ones, i like the weight on these.

i have other brands of these lead holders but the steadtler is still best so far. their lead is also the best so far. germans really know how to make good stuff. :)

captainarian
08-06-2007, 02:39 PM
yeah, germans are the best, i just realized that mine has a metal part too, and all this time i thought it was plastic... lol, seems like i don't use it too much.

this is my staedtler mechanical pencil
http://i9.tinypic.com/6g3nsxw.jpg

and my 0.35 mm rotring (ofcourse it's black)
http://i11.tinypic.com/66jnwwm.jpg

jakebilbao
08-06-2007, 02:57 PM
i love that rotring mechanical pencil! :)

not for it's writing part though! i take out the (i dont know what it's called) flat fastener part, you know the clip part at the opposite of the writing end. i take it out and use it for modelling clay! :laugh: hehehehe seriously! :)

captainarian
08-06-2007, 03:27 PM
wow! :blink: that's some invention! hehheh :p

Lord Fejj
08-06-2007, 11:44 PM
I use a mish mash of mechanical, leadholders, and wooden pencils, depending on my mood. I like soft lead, nothing harder than HB, but usually 2B to 6B.

Gav Heryng
08-09-2007, 05:20 PM
http://i11.tinypic.com/66jnwwm.jpg

I concur. My weapon of choice. Got a pack of four varying lead sizes, but I tend to stick to the 0.5 with some 2H leads. Works well enough for me!

Dis

chaosgoat
08-10-2007, 02:13 PM
I use a mish mash of mechanical, leadholders, and wooden pencils, depending on my mood. I like soft lead, nothing harder than HB, but usually 2B to 6B.

I definitely concur. I change my mind too often to use a harder lead (it's so difficult to erase!). With the softer leads I can get a stronger line, too.

captainarian
08-11-2007, 11:31 AM
well i like my steadler more, but these rule as well, i always use H, HB and B3,
no more softer than that, H and HB will do most of the times.

Premature Inker
08-21-2007, 04:46 PM
I just picked Up 3 Tikky 2 Pencils..1.0..They are very nice and I will most likely stick with them for a while.

J.

Biofungus
08-23-2007, 12:34 AM
I don't use a pencil. I just dip a pen in a vial of my own blood.

Mike225
08-23-2007, 06:55 PM
If you've ever drawn an x with this method, you sold your soul.

Newt
08-23-2007, 07:46 PM
I actually traded my soul for a pencil in high school. It wasn't even a very good pencil- just a stub, no eraser. That Bucyrus Puckett is a good salesman!

Biofungus
08-23-2007, 10:27 PM
If you've ever drawn an x with this method, you sold your soul.
Does cross hatching count?

Mike225
08-23-2007, 10:51 PM
Yes.

Premature Inker
08-25-2007, 02:20 PM
Well I just found what I think is the holy grail to animators as far as pencils are concerned..It's only slightly used but it is SUCH A NICE FRIGGIN' PENCIL!!!!..It's called a Blaisdell Layout Pencil..green barrel and is paper-wrapped.


J.

Newt
08-27-2007, 05:45 PM
Carpenter's pencils are great for sketching. Don't waste money on a special sharpener, though- just use a knife and sandpaper. You can put a nice chisel edge on them so you have sharp corners for fine lines and a broad edge for shadows and thick flourishes.

Adam Black
08-30-2007, 03:14 AM
I use the Pentel Sharplet-2, which is a 0.5mm pencil:

https://www.pentelstore.com/catalog/images/products/A125A.jpg

Not necessarily because it's the best, but because it's what I've been using since 1984. At this point, I have a callous on my right middle finger which is curved perfectly for this pencil to rest in--no other pencil fits. Sad but true.

I find that you can get a decent range of values out of it and, depending on the paper, some really cool effects.

Here's a picture I drew with this pencil and nothing else:

http://www.monstersandnekkidladies.com/images/cover01.jpg

jakebilbao
08-30-2007, 04:21 AM
Not necessarily because it's the best, but because it's what I've been using since 1984. At this point, I have a callous on my right middle finger which is curved perfectly for this pencil to rest in--no other pencil fits. Sad but true.

and speaking of callous, here's mine.
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w73/jakebilbao1/Image004-2.jpg
this was bigger before when i drew pencils that need no inking.

Shep
08-30-2007, 09:59 AM
I think Jake just wanted to flip us all off with that last picture ;)

Adam Black
08-30-2007, 12:06 PM
and speaking of callous, here's mine.

Ha! Yeah, that's pretty much what mine looks like. :thumbs:

jakebilbao
08-30-2007, 01:01 PM
I think Jake just wanted to flip us all off with that last picture ;)
:laugh: dude, adam started it! :laugh:

Adam Black
08-30-2007, 01:36 PM
:laugh: dude, adam started it! :laugh:

That's what I do! Start Stuff. :cool:

newageartist
09-13-2007, 09:50 PM
i use a koh i noor 0.5mm lead for the layouts and roughing in the finifhing touches. other than that i like to use the basic steadtler lead holder with 2.0mm lead. i like to go into the pic with reg num. 2 pencils to. my main choice of lead density for rough in my pics is hb. but i really like to draw with f grade. can smear i know, but it has great shading effects and goes very lght if needed.

Gav Heryng
03-10-2008, 09:42 AM
I have upgraded to this badboy;

http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/ShakerH1010.jpg

Courtesy of Cult Pens (http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Pilot_Shaker_Pencils.html).

I'm a sucker for anything that might help me shave half a second off my drawing time and this gizmo does it with a flick of the wrist.

I'm a little ashamed that my drawing callous looks puny compared to Jake's though! I lost most of it recently because I've been doing so much work with the softy wacom pen. I'm getting back into the pencil drawing now though so soon my shwartz will be as big as yours!!

Dis

bakatron
03-13-2008, 06:45 AM
http://images.techtree.com/ttimages/story/Wacom-Intuos2-9x12.jpg

Gav Heryng
03-13-2008, 12:12 PM
What happens if the power goes, Bakatron?

Dis

Calloway
05-17-2008, 07:56 PM
I use the Pentel Sharplet-2, which is a 0.5mm pencil:

https://www.pentelstore.com/catalog/images/products/A125A.jpg

Not necessarily because it's the best, but because it's what I've been using since 1984. At this point, I have a callous on my right middle finger which is curved perfectly for this pencil to rest in--no other pencil fits. Sad but true.

I find that you can get a decent range of values out of it and, depending on the paper, some really cool effects.

Here's a picture I drew with this pencil and nothing else:

http://www.monstersandnekkidladies.com/images/cover01.jpg

HA! I use the same...cept mine's pink :( actually moving into various hardness lead pencils.

Renae De Liz
05-19-2008, 12:28 AM
I've tried many pencils, but this one is for me! It's called the Pentel Quicker Clicker. I'm a REALLY REALLY impatient artist ( or just really really lazy.... whatever :laugh: ) so i'ts perfect because:

1. The side click is much faster, I can use it without even moving my hand from it's position.

2.I also REALLY dislike the extra step needed when you make a mistake to reach allllll the way to your eraser, use it, then pick up your pencil again....lame. :laugh: This pencil has it attached, and since it's a side click it won't lengthen your lead every time you erase.

3. I've always disliked sharpening, so of course mechanical!

4. Has a really neat semi- squishy grip that feels good for an awkward lefty like me.

5. Comes in a variety of thicknesses and shades if you need them.

http://image.misterart.com/grouppix/528x352/1000/g1216.jpg

Sorry if I rambled a bit, I know I didn't help with the initial question, :p

UniverseX259
05-21-2008, 02:12 AM
My pencils depend on my mood. For a while I was using just 0.7 mechanical pencils, but today I started using non-photo blue wood pencils to lay down gesture lines and then tightening it up with the mechanical pencil. I used to use a lead holder with HB lead, but I found it smudged a lot and didn't allow me to get the sharpness of lines I wanted. I haven't used wood pencils in a couple of years but I may try them out again. Also, it all depends on the paper. I like mechanicals on smooth paper and wooden pencils on rough paper.

skottichan
05-21-2008, 11:00 PM
I've tried many pencils, but this one is for me! It's called the Pentel Quicker Clicker. I'm a REALLY REALLY impatient artist ( or just really really lazy.... whatever :laugh: ) so i'ts perfect because:

1. The side click is much faster, I can use it without even moving my hand from it's position.

2.I also REALLY dislike the extra step needed when you make a mistake to reach allllll the way to your eraser, use it, then pick up your pencil again....lame. :laugh: This pencil has it attached, and since it's a side click it won't lengthen your lead every time you erase.

3. I've always disliked sharpening, so of course mechanical!

4. Has a really neat semi- squishy grip that feels good for an awkward lefty like me.

5. Comes in a variety of thicknesses and shades if you need them.

http://image.misterart.com/grouppix/528x352/1000/g1216.jpg

Sorry if I rambled a bit, I know I didn't help with the initial question, :p



Exactly the same pencil i use, for pretty much the EXACT same reasons.

mlpeters
06-03-2008, 03:46 AM
I like Cole-Erase light blue and blue for roughing out a picture and for background work and Dixon-Ticonderoga #1 or #2 regular graphite pencils for tighter penciling.

Mechanical pencils don't give better results than wood encased pencils and they cost a lot more, so why bother? I mean, if it were shown that using mechanical pencils saves trees... well, I'd probably just plant a few trees to offset.

Biofungus
06-03-2008, 04:00 AM
Mechanical pencils are better for tighter details (like on small areas like sketchcards, or mechanical details).

Thunder Rat
06-06-2008, 12:10 PM
http://images.techtree.com/ttimages/story/Wacom-Intuos2-9x12.jpg
I want. Gimme!

NickGuy
01-28-2009, 04:54 PM
first
http://www.drawger.com/loubrooks/shows/Non_Repro_Pencil.jpg

second-3H-6H
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/11D30Z49BAL._SL500_AA280_.jpg

NegroBrooding
01-28-2009, 09:45 PM
3h lead in lead holder for gesture and structure, .05mm mechanical pencil with h lead for finishing.

I have a tablet, but I'm still getting use to it. I keep making squiggly lines somehow.

JRCarter
02-11-2009, 12:42 AM
Currently?

http://www.staedtler.co.jp/products/01_writing/06-mechanical-pencil/image/925-07.gif

MrGranger
02-19-2009, 05:02 PM
Am I the only one who likes the wood pencils better?

Gav Heryng
02-19-2009, 05:46 PM
No, plenty of artists use wood pencils. It's entirely personal preference. Personally, I prefer a consistent line and see sharpening as a waste of time.

Gav

MrGranger
02-19-2009, 06:33 PM
No, plenty of artists use wood pencils. It's entirely personal preference. Personally, I prefer a consistent line and see sharpening as a waste of time.

I'd like that part, but it's the metal/plastic grip that I never really got my hand around. Give me good hard wood anyday.

Gav Heryng
02-20-2009, 12:23 PM
Give me good hard wood anyday.

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Gav

JRCarter
02-20-2009, 10:11 PM
Give me good hard wood anyday.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t313/napier07_2007/RonSimmons.jpg

MrGranger
03-09-2009, 03:12 PM
After not liking the blue pencils for a long time...I had sort of a break through last week. Not sure why but my bad experiences were washed away after finishing an inking that I liked. I want to get some non-photo blue leads for the lead holder, but don't see any at Dick Blick. Does anyone sell the leads? What about thin mechanical leads for details?

When I search I keep finding expensive sites.

Biofungus
03-09-2009, 08:31 PM
http://www.pencilthings.com/staedtler-non-print-purple-2mm-leads.html

http://www.shoplet.com/office/db/SAN02192.html

http://www.mardel.com/store/item.aspx?ItemId=368564

http://www.amazon.com/SAN2192-Prismacolor-turquoise-non-photo-drawing/dp/B001HA7ZUA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=office-products&qid=1236641370&sr=1-1

http://www.thefind.com/crafts/info-non-photo-blue-2mm-drawing

MrGranger
03-10-2009, 09:56 AM
Biofungus - Thanks...I found the .2mm for less than $8 for 12 packs. (if you buy 7 or more) http://www.discountofficeitems.com/
But the mechanical non-photo blue I finally found at Jetpens for 0.5 pencil. I also got some of the 0.7 they have. I wish there was some .3 I could try, but I haven't seen that yet.

[EDIT: The leads just went down another .50 so it's under $8 even if you buy just one pack.)

Biofungus
03-11-2009, 03:19 AM
I love jetpens.com. If I knew you were looking for .05 lead, that'd have been my first link :)

Also, if you check out some of the links, a couple of places have the 2mm blue lead for less than 7 bucks, with no minimum.

MrGranger
03-11-2009, 11:25 AM
I love jetpens.com. If I knew you were looking for .05 lead, that'd have been my first link :)

Also, if you check out some of the links, a couple of places have the 2mm blue lead for less than 7 bucks, with no minimum.

Biofungus...I went through the sites but I don't see what you were talking about. One site on the find.com says it's $6.78 but when you actually go to the store it's $1 more.

I think I'm set now. Though I like drawing with soft leads so I think it's going to take me some getting used to using these blues. The Prismacolor Bleu Inactinique PC919 is my favorite non-photo blue for sketching so far but I have problems when I ink over it. I'm trying to find a good balance...but I'm thinking that I'll wind up using a variety of pencils for the sketching as none of the non-photo blues work perfect.

And I scan in grayscale which doesn't pick up the blue on my scanner. Very nice.

Biofungus
03-11-2009, 04:26 PM
The problem with the PC919 is, it's part of the colored pencil set. It's too waxy to properly ink over. Most of the other "drawing" pencils use compression, whereas the 'coloring' pencils use a binder (like wax).

MrGranger
03-11-2009, 04:49 PM
The problem with the PC919 is, it's part of the colored pencil set. It's too waxy to properly ink over. Most of the other "drawing" pencils use compression, whereas the 'coloring' pencils use a binder (like wax).

Ah...thanks for explaining that. It's why the inks were giving me issues. Ah well...I have still been using it for details that I need and then removing some with the kneaded eraser. I gravitate towards oils so that's why I liked it I suppose. Doesn't work well with the inks.

Renae De Liz
03-21-2009, 02:23 AM
I must reiterate...

PENTEL QUICKER CLICKER!! You can clicker it quicker! How could you not buy a pencil called that??


I apologize... I had lost my pencil for awhile and had to use wood ones for a bit. I just found the ol' quicker clicker again and it's so awesome to have it back! :carrot:

If Jack Bauer was a pencil this is what he would be.

horror101
03-21-2009, 04:10 PM
I've been using this lately it's like three pencils in one. It's ok? I've used most of the other products shown if not all of them ,but my favorite is a lead holder. I have not found anything that can give u the same line quality. The trick is to find a good sharpener for your lead holder. It makes all the difference. speaking of which i need a new one. LOL! ;)


http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p173/fear-the-reaper/CIMG1950.jpg

Justice41
03-25-2009, 10:58 PM
You guys are way too anal about pencils. Magic doesn't come from the pencil.

horror101
03-28-2009, 03:16 PM
You guys are way too anal about pencils. Magic doesn't come from the pencil.

Absolutly! You are right. But if u like what u use and are comfortable with it things tend to flow better. Lead holders or wood pencils do give a certain degree of tightness to the pencils cause your contioniously sharpening. But it's what ever a person is comfortable with?

Justice41
03-28-2009, 05:06 PM
Absolutly! You are right. But if u like what u use and are comfortable with it things tend to flow better. Lead holders or wood pencils do give a certain degree of tightness to the pencils cause your contioniously sharpening. But it's what ever a person is comfortable with?
If you worry about it so much so that you have a preference you aren't thinking about what you are doing, which should be drawing.

MichaelCalero
04-21-2009, 04:37 AM
I used the same mechanical pencil for years! Now i'm stuck on any 2H pencil.

xssve
05-02-2009, 04:56 PM
I've used mechanical pencils my whole life, and I've settled on a thick barreled Papermate, 0.5 mm - like one of those PhD things, it gives me better control without cramping my hand - and it has a jumbo twist eraser. :banana:

Can't stand the side clickers; convenient, but they're very prone to mechanical failure in my experience. The Papermate is pretty reliable, I've been using the same one for like Five years now, and only got it because I lost it's predecessor.

Adjusting the lead has become a ritual.

I hate smearing things up so I use a fairly hard lead, an F, which is harder than an HB, but softer than an H, which will put grooves in your paper if you're not careful.

sevans
05-11-2009, 06:45 PM
Where can I get one of these magical pencils that Justice41 speaks of?

Biofungus
05-11-2009, 07:47 PM
I've got an extra one I'll sell you for only 200 dollars (american)! I'll even include the special incantation to activate it! But you have to get the accent and inflection absolutely perfectly otherwise it won't work...

sevans
05-11-2009, 07:52 PM
Can I pay you with my Lucky, magical 5 leaf clover - extra powerful.

Biofungus
05-11-2009, 08:22 PM
No. Cash only :sure:

DaveMyers
05-12-2009, 10:37 AM
http://cdn.dickblick.com/items/203/08/20308-2009-2-3ww-l.jpg]

Cheap good easy to find and, uhh, cheap.

Biofungus
05-12-2009, 05:21 PM
http://cdn.dickblick.com/items/203/08/20308-2009-2-3ww-l.jpg]

Cheap good easy to find and, uhh, cheap.
Like my dates! :happy:

DaveMyers
05-12-2009, 07:03 PM
Like my dates! :happy:

coincidentally like my mom too. :cry:

sevans
05-12-2009, 07:43 PM
Does Bio know your mum


... like I do?

Biofungus
05-12-2009, 07:47 PM
coincidentally like my mom too. :cry:
How old is your mom?



And is she good looking?

DaveMyers
05-13-2009, 12:54 PM
Does Bio know your mum


... like I do?

Probably not, although, the way she gets around its probable.



How old is your mom?



And is she good looking?

Like 100 :laugh:

Never really thought about that, sorta creepy. LOL

Biofungus
05-13-2009, 03:54 PM
Wow, Dave just called his mom a 100 year old who... well... :rolleyes:

Boy did this thread take an odd turn :laugh:

Okay, to get it back on track:

Dave, what type of pencil does she prefer?

DaveMyers
05-13-2009, 04:50 PM
I would say that if she had a preference it would have to be the Mirado Black Warrior.

http://www.oppictures.com/singleimages/400/PAP02255_1_1.JPG

LMAO!!! Although now that i think about it, that could bring it in a whole different direction.

Biofungus
05-13-2009, 07:51 PM
No, it pretty much circles around to what the last few posts were about... :laugh: