“Not all pencils are created equally!”

Standard
  1. Do some practice with your pencils before you begin to draw.
  2. Find the number at the end of your pencil and know and understand the pencil you are drawing with before you start.
  3. H is hard graphite (see diagram below)
  4. B is soft graphite (see diagram below)
  5. The higher the number B the softer the pencil is.
  6. HB is good for light outline not for shading or finishing work.
  7. Draw Lightly when starting a drawing.
  8. Don’t lean hard with your pencil on your page or you will not be able to rub out mistakes you will just make holes in your paper.
  9. B5 is good for shading and finished lines.
  10. Good pencils and good paper help produce good drawings (you get what you pay for)
  11. Draw what you see not what you think you see  http://www.learn-to-draw.com/drawing-basics/03-drawing-with-pencils.shtml