KNOW YOUR PENCIL GRADES
Understanding your pencils is critical to good drawing. Know the differences between the grades - from the hardest to softest. Mike explains, and demonstrates, how and why the grades differ, and the advantages of each type. Beginner? Mike advises which grades you need.
WHAT YOU GET...
Pencil lead basics
Understand why the grades differ and you'll know which to use in any situation. Did you know graphite is made up of flat plates? That's why it reflects light. Do you know why clay is added to graphite? You need to!
Grade numbering system
The letter/number system instantly tells you which grade you are holding and how it will perform. Which grade draws lines with soft edges? You need to know if you're seamlessly shading an area. This video explains.
How the grades differ
How and why the various grades produce different qualities of line - from the soft dark grades through the central HB to the harder light grades.
Grades versus Brands
There is a generic and widely-used grading system but it doesn't have a fixed standard. Each manufacturer defines their own range of grades. Find out why your brand of 2B doesn't draw as dark as another's brand.
Use quality artists pencils
Mike explains why using cheap pencils is a false economy - and why you should use the best quality you can afford - right from the outset.
Easy grade identification
Don't break your flow and concentration searching for your 4B pencil! Mike explains why you need to develop a system where you can instantly see which grade is in which pencil.