Pencils can be categorized into three basic types, namely graphite, oil and water. Each type of pencil has its own use and application. Each of these three types of pencils also has a specific kind of application. For instance, graphite is used for drawing while water is used for shading.
The composition of a pen depends largely on the type of graphite used. The degree of hardness and softness of a pencil depends primarily on the composition of the graphite. The three main compositions of graphite are B, M and H. The grades of graphite are also known as A-G. The grades of graphite are as follows:
Grades B are suitable for drawing in oil, but graphite that is B-grade will be more brittle compared to grade B pencils. In addition, grades B is not recommended for shading. The grade of B is usually reserved for drawing in dark colors, but some artists find this pencil’s softness appealing.
Grades M (also called HB) are generally light and moist in composition. They are preferred for their versatility. These grades are mostly used for writing.
Grades H are heavier in composition than grade M. Some artists prefer grades B and H for writing purposes while others prefer grades B and H for drawing purposes.
The composition of water-based pencils is different from other types of pencil. In general, a pencil composed of 90% water and 10% graphite. Some types of water-based pencils are also water-soluble and can be wiped clean. However, it is recommended that you should never rub your fingers or hands with water-based pencils; otherwise, you may damage the tip and the ink will run.
There are many different grades of pens; however, only a few types of pens are widely used by different artists. Most pencil manufacturers provide only a handful of types of pens to meet the needs of most different artists.
In our world’s history, artists have been using pencils in various ways in order to bring about a certain atmosphere in their paintings and drawings. The pencil has been the most important tool in the history of drawing since the ancient times. As you probably already know, a pencil consists of three parts; graphite, ink and water.
There are different styles and types of pencils for drawing purposes. The following is a list of different types of art mediums used in drawing.
Charcoal Based Colored Pencils. The most common type of charcoal based pencils is the black charcoal pencil. These are available in many different designs and are very versatile and are the standard pencils used by art students. You can even use these types of pencil for shading and coloring.
Gel Pens. These types of pencils are basically water-based and are usually more fragile than charcoal-based pencils. In addition, these types of pencils are available in a wide variety of colors. These types of pencils are mostly used for sketching.
Oil-Based Colored Pencils. These types of pencils are the most expensive and are mainly used in professional studios. They are available in different colors and are very versatile. These types of pencils are also known as black oil-based and are also water-based. These types of pencils are usually used for shading purposes and can be used for both shading and coloring.
Charcoal-Based or Pigmented Pencils. This type of colored pencils come in a wide variety of different colors and are also called charcoal-based. These types of pencils have a pigment that sticks to the paper when you write on the paper.
Last update 2020-08-25. Price and product availability may change.