CHOOSING PENCILS and LEADS
This very comprehensive, fact-filled, video explores the differences between wood-cased, clutch (aka Lead Holders) and mechanical pencils. Mike offers advice on which types to begin with and the grades of lead you need.
WHAT YOU GET...
Types of pencil
After a brief introduction to a variety of pencil types, Mike concentrates on the three most popular in regular use - wood-cased, clutch, and mechanical pencils.
All the pros and cons are covered in this wood-cased pencil analysis. Including which manufacturers supply the most grades; using a pencil extender - and more...
Clutch pencils explored
Also known as Lead Pointers, these are Mike's go-to tools and are as comprehensively analysed for their benefits and faults as the other types. Includes sharpening methods and grade identification.
Mechanical pencils explored
These range from 0.3mm to 1.3mm in thickness. Mike no longer uses them but... he knows an excellent artist who does! So the benefits and drawbacks are based on Diane Wright's unbiased report.
The three compared
A side-by-side comparison of all three types - all the benefits and faults. For each, Mike offers advice on which pencils and grades of lead to buy if you're just starting out.