I am starting this thread to get an understanding of the processes of other artists and what thought people have on this.
I am currently trying to improve my sketching. I work mostly with either 2-4b pencils, but also with mechanical pencils. I am curious to hear what people prefer in general.
I find that I have much more control with mechanical pencils as they don't become dull and I can get a crisp line at all times, at the same time the tip of a 3 b pencil will become dull after just a few strokes and the lines start thickening and "bleeding out" at the edges.
But, the uniform line of a mechanical pencil means that you don't get the variation in line and "liveliness" of wooden pencils. I am greatly inspired by artists such as Alan Lee and Jean Baptiste-Monge, and I am looking to get a similar kind of feel to my sketches, not in order to imitate but to learn the technique.
What do you prefer - mechanical pencils or the traditional wooden pencils? I would love to hear any reasoning on pros and cons.