The pencil is the most versatile and expressive media available to you. You
can create a range of values from the subtlest grey to the richest black in a
variety of line resolutions. For extended study in the versatility of the pencil
or the pencil as a finish medium, review the work of contemporary artists
Paul Calle and Gene Franks.
The selection of a lead pencil depends upon your personal preference and the
intended end product. Your sensitive manipulation and pressure on the
pencil controls the tones you produce. How you sharpen and hold the pencil
determines the textural effects obtained and the size of the stroke. Pencil
leads are available in 17 grades from 6B, the softest, to 6H, the hardest.
Figure 1-2 shows a chart of lead hardnesses and their applications.
Figure 1-2.Lead hardness.
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