Drawing with confidence.
by Anne D'Alton
(Brittany, West France.)
Pencil and crayon illustration.
Most artists tend to use HB pencils when they are drawing. However, this grade can cut into paper leaving permanent grooves....
I prefer to use a very soft pencil such as a 6B and to work very quickly. This latter is very important if you are going to use watercolours to finish the work.
It is also advised to avoid using a pencil sharpener - a sharp knife is better - as this gives a more rounded tip to the pencil, which does not cut into the paper as can happen with a too pointed tip to the pencil.