What kind of pencil do you use for drawing?
When do you decide to switch it up?
I currently use a 3B pencil
For A4 drawings I tend to use 2B for most of the drawing and something like an H or 2H to draw details in the light-shape. I used to use a 4B for my general drawing but it doesn't give the same kind of sharp push as the 2B does. If I'm working larger than A4 then I might use something softer to start with.
I tend to work really light at first and slowly build up definition throughout the drawing. I try and focus on separating the light and shadow shape, using a softer pencil for the shadow shape and a harder one for the light shape helps with that. I've been messing with finding a middle ground where I can work in a very visual manner while still pushing form and structure. This is why I separate my light and shadow shape so clearly. I basically flatten everything that is in shadow and that puts more pressure on my light shape to carry the drawing.
Here's an example of one of my life drawings using this combination.
Mostly 2B; there's nothing nicer than a freshly sharpened 2B pencil, imo. I'll start with that, and use a 4B and 6B when I need to get down to darker values, because as much as I like starting with 2B, it doesn't get dark enough to finish the job. I don't really use anything other than those three. I've tried using some H pencils for lighter stuff but I hate they way they feel.
Mostly a .5 mechanical pencil.
Using charcoal feels awesome specially the one that is like chalk but it's so very messy
i had a pretty ghetto rigged setup but then i bought a beginner pack of pencils from 2h to 8b and i started trying to use all of them in my drawings going from light to dark because i was always confused and thought thats what you were supposed to do but before i just didnt give a fuck and used whatever pencil was closest to me (not really but you get the picture) i think it was a good learning experience to try both methods and in the future i will try to find a happy medium and just use what feels right without wasting time with unnecessary steps while still paying more attention than i used to. That pretty much sums up my struggles with proggressing as an artist in a nutshell. i dont know how to go about things but i dont want to just copy someone elses solution to every problem i have and become limited by someones else way of thinking. i guess the same solution rings true in this case: ive tried it my way now i should try a bunch of other people's methods and hopefully end up somewhere in the middle.
I thought that using H pencils would make for good sketching because they're lighter, but hell, they're difficult as fuck to erase. They\re basically for construction workers or something.
I only use HBs and Bs. When sharpened, they're almost like a pen.