Full Pencil Ranges

We have already touched on this but we wanted to include some illustrations now that you have watched the first video tutorial. There are lots of different pencil types out there and it can be somewhat confusing! Lets break it down: Baiscally there are two graphite (lead) grading scales which are used to measure the hardness of the pencil.

Softest Lead Pencil = 9B - For thicker black lines.
Hardest Lead Pencil = 9H - For faint lines.

Most pencil cores are made of graphite mixed with a clay binder which leaves grey or black marks that can be easily erased.

From hardest to softest: 9H | 8H | 7H | 6H | 5H | 4H | 3H | 2H | H | F | HB | B | 2B | 3B | 4B | 5B | 6B | 7B | 8B | 9B.

HB stands for - Hard & Black.

The images shown here are the preferred pencil choice for our artist in most of the 'How To'... videos. You can get an idea of hardness and blackness for a variety of pencil types from the images. Now click 'Go To Next Module'.


Pencil Types Cont.