Drawing with graphite pencils is one of my favourite mediums. In this blog post I'd like to share with you the graphite pencil supplies that I use most often.
There are a lot of differences between the quality of graphite pencils that are on the market today. There are a lot of brands to choose from. The two pencils that I've found that work best for my techniques are the Caran D'ache Grafwood pencils and the Faber-Castell 9000 series pencils. Both pencils are really high quality, you can get smooth blending with them and you can sharpen them into a fine point without worrying about breakage.
The type of paper you choose to draw on has an enormous effect on the end result of you graphite pencil artwork. I really love smooth blending and fine detail, so I always choose a very smooth drawing surface when I'm drawing with graphite pencils. The two papers that I have found to work best for my techniques are Fabriano Artistico Hot Press watercolour paper and Canson Bristol paper. Both are very smooth papers. The Canson Bristol paper is a bit smoother even than the Fabriano Artistico paper, but I like using both of them for graphite.
Other tools that I use while drawing with graphite pencils is a blender stump. With the blender stump you can smooth out areas very easily. You can buy different sizes of blender stumps to use in different areas of your drawing. To blend large areas I use a smooth piece of leather that is called a 'chamois'. The eraser I use is called a kneaded eraser. I use it to pick out highlights and add texture to the artwork. You can get these tools from most art supply stores. They are usually next to the graphite pencils.
In this video, you can watch how I drew this small portrait using graphite pencils. In this video I'm using Caran D'ache Grafwood pencils and Fabriano Artistico Hot Press Watercolour paper. I hope you enjoy watching!
Thank you for reading!