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    Graphite pencils- How do I use them??

    I've been using mechanical pencil for the longest to do all my drawings, but I just cant seem to shade well with them.

    I also have a set of graphite pencils that I NEVER use, because I don't even know the difference between them, I just know they are used for shading.

    Whats the difference between HB, 6B, 4B and what do I use each one for?
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    H leads are hard, B leads are soft, the higher the number the greater the degree of hardness or softness. An HB pencil is in between, a balanced, general purpose pencil (the same as a standard number 2).
    Soft leads make darker marks, but don't hold their points because they wear down quickly. Hard leads make clean, even marks, but are lighter and can indent the paper if used with a heavy hand.
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    i suggest sticking to one pencil per drawing though, especially when it comes down to shading and lineweights
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    You know, when I was a beginner I didn't have any fancy internet. I had to put the pencils to paper, pointy end down, to find my answers
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Wilson View Post
    You know, when I was a beginner I didn't have any fancy internet. I had to put the pencils to paper, pointy end down, to find my answers
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Wilson View Post
    You know, when I was a beginner I didn't have any fancy internet. I had to put the pencils to paper, pointy end down, to find my answers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiera View Post
    I laughed and I agree .
    Why even ask wen you just can try?
    sorry, i thought this was a place where you can ask for advice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reckless! View Post
    sorry, i thought this was a place where you can ask for advice
    Of course it is, but no amount of advice will replace good ol hands-on experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reckless! View Post
    sorry, i thought this was a place where you can ask for advice
    It is. But if you ask advice about something you could've found out yourself in a shorter amount of time, expect to be told so. Also if it's something you could've found just as fast by using the search function, expect snarky remarks.

    Like said the B pencils are the softer leads with a higher number meaning increased softness, H is for hard and higher numbers are yet harder, HB is right in the middle and about equivalent to a No.2 pencil in the US. Can't really tell you what to use them for except to say that soft gives really heavy dark lines while the harder pencils give lighter yet more precise lines, so use them according to the kind of line you need.
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    my bad

    ill go somewhere else then
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    Do whatever you want. I think everyone in here answered your question. If you have trouble with "shading," it doesn't neccecarily mean you are using the wrong types of pencils.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndreasM View Post
    If you have trouble with "shading," it doesn't neccecarily mean you are using the wrong types of pencils.
    This^

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    Mechanical pencils are actually my first choice... you can shade just fine with them, it requires a bit of patience and practice. I'm going to refrain from saying "it's not the medium, it's the practice" because in this case you have not worked with the graphite pencils... and you really should, so that you can compare FOR YOURSELF how they're different.

    You may find that you like graphite pencils better, or you may not. The important thing is that you TRY it. Just don't make the mistake of thinking that a problem area (like shading) will be fixed by using a different tool.
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