The chart to the right showswhat the different "Grades"of pencil are. You've seenthe infamous yellow
pencil all your life atschool. Now looking at thischart you can see what thatmeans.
H = Hard lead
.Hard lead makes a lighter line and is used mostly for drafting. 9H is as hard as itgets.On the opposite side of the spectrum are the B grade pencils.
B has a softlead
so it makes a darker line. 9B is like mascara.I choose the middle ground.an HB or F pencil has anice versatile grade.I use about 5 different pencils over the course of a drawing. I rough in with aphotoblue. Clean up line art with a lead-holder pencil and then detail with a .03 mechanical.I've used Millions of erasers over the course of my art career but I've finally whittled my choicesdown to 2 kinds.
A) Kneaded Eraser
:This eraser usually comes as a plain Grey or Blue square. Once you open it from it's wrappingyou start working it like silly putty. Squeezing itinto a Ball...pulling it into a ribbon..folding it,squishing it..Kneading it, really. What's thepurpose? Well, you can squeeze it down into afine point and erase lines in hard to reach placeswithout disturbing the pencil lines around it.Another handy feature is that it doesn't completlyerase lines...If you just dab the eraser over thelines you can lighten them up for inking.
B) White Nylon Eraser:
This style is the best eraser I have ever used for