Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Are you a Pencil Person?

Stephanie

Do you enjoy using pencils? I love the smell of pencils, and the different types of wood used to make them. I love the way a sharpened nib moves against a sheet of paper and that sometimes amazingly dark line of graphite…  

But I have a problem with pencils as well.

As soon as the point loses its sharpness, I get frustrated- especially while drawing because as the nib changes shape, so do the marks on the paper. I try to keep a sharpener at hand but I’d have to be sharpening all the time and I’ve used up pencils way to quickly that way for it to be useful. I also have tried mechanical pencils so the leads would maintain their size throughout their use but I always seem to have too much lead extended, or not enough- not to mention the fact that I’m always breaking the thin leads….

If you are a pencil person, how do you work through these issues? Am I missing something? Because I’ve got more than a few pencils in my arsenal and I’d sure love to be using them!


84 thoughts on “Are you a Pencil Person?

  1. i have the same sentiments as you about pencils – same feeling when i get started on a new book too. fresh pencil on a clean sheet of paper ahhhh the good life…:)

  2. i have the same sentiments as you about pencils – same feeling when i get started on a new book too. fresh pencil on a clean sheet of paper ahhhh the good life…:)

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