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I really, really, would like to love using a pencil. I have several different kinds- some for writing, some for drawing. Some wooden and at least a few mechanical. I have thick graphite sticks for sketching and colored pencils made by 4 different companies.
And yet I struggle with them all….
I pulled out my set of drawing pencils the other day and attempted to utilize several different grades on the image above and just didn’t have the patience to finish. To work with a pencil feels too delicate to me and I don’t really like that they can smudge/be erased. I think what I like more about using pen/ink is its permanence. I’ve been known to (make a mess of) do Sudoku and crossword puzzles in ink.
The only pencils I really like to use are my Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils. The leads are creamy and work nicely on any paper whether or not the nibs are sharp or dull. You can touch the nib to a wet brush and paint, color over a surface and then run a wet brush over top, or dip the nib in water and draw. I think I enjoy their versatility while a regular pencil seems to be… just a pencil.