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Pencils by J-Scott-Campbell Pencils by J-Scott-Campbell
I draw in pencil using a 'Lead Holder', used primarily by professionals in the drafting and architectural fields, I believe. I've been using "Sanford TURQUOISE" brand "H" lead now for many years. (I avoid using it's closest competitor because I find their product to be too "waxy.") Sanford's Turquoise "H" lead is soft enough and dark enough to give me that sort of sketching feel, while remaining clean with a minimal amount of powdery lead smearing. And when your printing from pencils, the two most important things are to have reasonably dark, pristine pencil lines and a very clean white page. In the past I've also used the softer "F" leads (Jim Lee's brand of choice, at least, when I was there.) and "HB". These both also work for that slightly more sketchy feel, although these days I'm usually too lazy to switch. I suppose that I find that my choice of "H' seems too straddle that very delicate line of being "HARD", without being diamond hard and therefore not dark enough on the page, and "SOFT" without being too soft and smeary and crubley. I do just about everything everything with my "H" lead now, including random sketching.

And I seem to prefer the 'Berol Turquoise' brand sharpener. I usually change these out about every 4 to 6 months when they usually stop grinding the pencil very good. And Don't foret to dump these out regularly!
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80C Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013

just out of curiosity, what tools do you use to ink your artwork.

tattooeasy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Professional
I am in agreement with you... sometimes I use a .9 mechanical also...but more for times i am doing lettering... but when you are sketching with a light hand its nice to have a consistent "lead" that can be versatile when intended... and that with the turn of a wrist adjusts...  what weight paper do you prefer to sketch on?? and do you prefer smooth or rougher paper?? 
return-hangar Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013   General Artist
thank you so much for this indepth info of preference, :D
TheWiseWeirdProphet Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you see, more artists should do this, post what they use whether it be with pictures or just naming the product... the description as to why you use this was informative (as people can think to themselves whether this is their cup of tea).

I'm going to fav this, because I truly support the sharing of ones tools , Thank you :)
mudbogz Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've used a Kooh-I-Noor lead holder since drafting class in high school... 32 years... and I still have that lead holder!
Ceridwynne Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Ahh I've tried those pencils and I don't get it. I'm so used to the preciseness of mechanical pencils, it's hard to let go and use the 2mm leads. I know some artists hate mechanical pencils and say they're very amateur. Do you ever use them even for just the preliminary shapes?
return-hangar Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013   General Artist
hey dude i know its not the same but i messaged marvels ryan stegman he said he works in basic HB wood pencils, And switches to HB mechanical pencils to tighten up the detail
SilverShadowling Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Student General Artist
what kinds of ink do you use?
Danny-phantom-fan-1 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where do you get them?
noodlesncrabman Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student Filmographer
i managed to get a really good deal on these 5 packs for 6 pounds used a bit but i spent 4 weeks look for the lead holder no hope but buying a bulk loads costing over a 100 pounds any help would be great im a student and i have a gift shop pencil for my art supplies :P
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