It’s just a pencil, right? I mean we’ve all used them. They’re ubiquitous. (<– One of my favorite words.) It’s not necessarily true and if you would like to improve your drawing… you might want to read on.
I mentioned in a previous post that I don’t believe that materials make the artwork better, but I do believe BAD materials contribute to bad art. I’m sure we have all used a No. 2 pencil. I love them and still have multiple Dixon Ticonderogas on my desk and used them all the time. Nothing more beautiful than a brand new, perfectly sharpened Ticonderoga. To be able to do a great drawing with a No. 2 Pencil is a great thing and it certainly is possible, but knowing about different pencils could change your outlook.
As a child I was always drawing… and that No. 2 pencil was my best friend. I learned to stretch it’s capabilities to make it create great things. As I got older and more serious about my art, I learned about artist’s pencils and things changed drastically.
In the previous posts I went through a simple drawing exercise that stressed “seeing”. I did not make mention of any specific materials except for a kneaded eraser and in the final videos I used 3 different artist’s drawing pencils (7H, HB & 3B). These could greatly help your sketching/drawing if you learn how to use them.