A lovely comment on my Brigitte Bardot sketch sparked the idea to post about one of the topics I like most – tools of the trade.
Here I thought I’d share with you the type of pencils I like to work with and why. For starters, I really prefer mechanical pencils to the classic wooden ones but only out of convenience. Although I love the feel of wood in my hands, the constant sharpening does tend to slow me down considerably. Thus, I use mostly clutch pencils, or leadholders, like the Faber Castel TK4600 (uses a 2 mm lead) and the Koh-i-Noor 5347 (uses a 5.6 mm lead) shown above.
Of course I use the larger model for large sketches (at least 18″ x 24″) and I don’t hesitate to switch to charcoal if necessary. The handy holder keeps your hands clean! Here is a close-up of the lead sizes:
To sharpen the lead, all you have to do is release it by pressing the top…
…then remove the top and use it as a sharpener. Et voilà!