Which Pencil?

I teach many beginner drawing and painting classes and I have learnt that for those starting out in art one area that can be very daunting is materials.  What should I buy? What are the differences between the pencils? These are frequent questions from beginners, some of whom have not drawn with a pencil since schooldays.

There is no right or wrong answer to this question, using pencils is just like using pens for handwriting, it is the one that feels right for you.  However there are some general points to consider.

There are many grades of pencil from F grades, H grades to the B’s.  B’s are soft pencils suitable for drawing and sketching.

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