I almost only use a mechanical pencil(0.3 and 0.5) on my drawings and practice, but I think I can't get a good range of values like I see some artists doing in their works with graphite. Is there any technique that artists use to don't blend everything in darker areas and get all messy?
I use HB leads, but when they get smooth because of use, if I don't use the sharp edge, it get's a very smooth blending, but messy at the same time. What I see artists doin is crosshatching like this:
How can I achieve these darker but at same time sharp areas?
Also, am I missing something or drawing with traditional pencils is veeeery slow? When I use the traditional instead of a mechanical I find myself sharpening the tip ALL THE TIME, cuz anything I do makes the tip round pretty fast.
I really need to try other midias to see if I can get more confortable... I love drawing with ink pens, but I can't erase them, so...
(mechanical pencil 0.3 hurts some types of paper SOOOO easy, trying to get a darker tone with it one day I made a hole on the sheet...)