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Anthony Frail
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Mr. Byrne, what hardness is the lead you use in your pencils? Thanks!
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HB.
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Glenn Brown
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Are you fussy about which brand you use? 

 

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Nope.
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Carmen Bernardo
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   Interesting.  I've always used 2H, but my technique of pencilling has always beena  case of laying my hand down on the table while sketching, so there's a potential for smearing if I have nothing to keep my sweaty hand off the artwork...

   Which leads me to ask the following question for JB: how do you work when you're drawing the pencil art?  Do you rest your arm on something to hold the hand away from the paper or do you keep your arm free like a traditional painter would?

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I would love to learn how professionals artist prevent smudging.  I can't seem to prevent that and it frustrates me.
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Matthew Hansel
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Jim Aparo told me, via letter, that he used a 5H. So, being the young
impressionable artist I was, I went to the local store and bought some.

WHAT a TOTALLY different experience the pencil lead makes. If you
press too hard with a 5H you make grooves in the paper and it makes it
difficult to erase.

Dick Locher uses, literally, whatever is laying around in his studio. I
bought him a box of Ticonderoga #2HB (which is the yellow pencil with
an eraser on the end that you probably used in school), which he likes
and uses for editorial cartoons and Dick Tracy.

MPH
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5H is to me a bit too much like drawing with a nail!

On the early days, I used a 2H, since I understood that to be what Joe Kubert
used. Over the years I drifted to HB, and found that lead gave me more of
the kind of line I was looking for.
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Chris Geary
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When I first started drawing I used to do breeakdowns with a 9H, then finish with a 2H.  Nowadays I alternate between HB and F in a mechanical or clutch pencil.

Although recently have begun doing breakdowns in 2H wooden pencil and then finishing with either the HB or F wooden pencil.

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Matthew Hansel
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5H is to me a bit too much like drawing with a nail!

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I agree! I don't know how Jim did it.

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Michael Lee
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Posted: 25 January 2009 at 8:57pm | IP Logged | 11  

So now we know how hard the lead in JB's pencil is, we
might as well shut the forum down. I don't think there's
anything more we need to learn about the master.

Oh, wait...drawing pencil. Never mind!
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Carmen Bernardo
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   Funny thing is, we use the term "lead" for graphite pencils.  If we used metallic lead in our pencils, none of us would be in any shape to be posting on this forum now, would we?
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