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Best Buy Pencils Online

Updated on September 21, 2010

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Buy Cheap Pencils Online

 Buying pencils can be the most important decision for any artist, but which ones to choose, there are many good brands of pencil and you may think that buying the cheap ones are the best option, but some of them are really cheaply made and some of the leads inside break easily or have already been broken in transit (and this I find most annoying when I start to draw!)

This article will show you the best brands you can buy online and be aware that at Ebay or Amazon there are deals to be had on all pencils and other art equipment tools throughout the year, whilst I like owning some cheap brands and some higher end pencil brands, it certainly is best to have some variety of pencil to get some drawing done.

The Steadtler Lumograph Pencil

The Staedtler lumograph is one of the first pencil sets I got bought as a kid and I still find them great to blend between the different shades of pencil on offer in the sets, whch are usually the H through to 8B grades of pencil, they grip quite well just like any pencil and I use them alot on drawing projects, but something about the design of these pencils just seems like these pencils should stick to technical drawings or something, but I guess I'm being daft as pencils you can use to draw anything...

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Bic Mechanical Pencil

 The mechanical pencil which comes from the company that is more famous for biro pens Bic and so with a mechanical pencil there is no need for a pencil sharpener, just spare lead refills and this makes sketching and drawing far easier when you are in the zone of drawing and inspiration and all you have is your mechanical pencil to hand.

Most times I draw at my drawing board with these as I often get carried away with drawing for hours, because sometimes sharpening a pencil can be tedious especially when you have a rubbish pencil sharpener that snaps the lead and frustration sets in and you want to take a hammer to your sharpener and end it's misery.

The fine points on a mechanical pencil makes for clearer and crisper drawings too.

Derwent Graphite Pencils

 The derwent pencil range has been around for many years an it continues to bring quality art pencils to artists in various formats, just bought some inktense pencils but haven't used them yet, so I'm looking forward to colouring with them.

These pencils come like many other pencil sets in different tonal ranges and are ideal for drawing, sketching and shading your art projects, my supply of graphite Derwent pencils are running low as they have shrunk because of sharpening and drawing with them alot, but they are another good brand of pencil that I recommend for art.

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Paper Mate Cedar Pencils

 Without a doubt Paper Mates Cedar pencils are by far the cheapest as they come pre-sharpened and Paper Mate are usually known for their range of ball pens which I've used for sketching many times when I've had no pencils to draw with.

They come in most gradients and are really cheap like I mentioned already, the only thing is that with certain types of paper it produces crappy results where the pencil almost scratches the papers surface and leaves pencil crumbs embedded on the paper which is most annoying, but usually good quality cartridge paper is the best paper for drawing with any pencils.

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers for the recommendation Misty!

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      Misty 7 years ago


      Have you tried the ticonderoga? I have been using Dixon Ticonderogas for years and have tried many others in between, only to go back. Try it :)

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Robert and Mike

      I've definately got pencils coming out of my ears at the moment, because I'm sketching up a whirlwind with them right now, I certainly like the staedtler pencils mainly because I've grown up with them and I always have a best set lying around in my work studio.

      I'll be sure of check out some of the pencil brands you mentioned Rob...cheers now!

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      Mike Lickteig 8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Been using Staedtler since college and have been satisfied, and I hear ya talking about pencil sharpeners. I have yet to find one I really like--they've all aggravated me.

      See ya,


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      robertsloan2 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Blick's got an excellent deal on a dozen no. 2 pencils, lemme look at mine to see what brand they are. Dixon Oriole. For a cheap pencil they don't seem to have the problems you talked about with the Paper Mate ones, and the price was great.

      I've got a Staedtler set of 19 ranging from 6H to 8B that I like a lot, they're what I use when I'm doing art that takes different grades. They're cool. Definitely agree with you on those. Cretacolor makes a 9B that is absolutely wonderful, so soft, so dark, grinds down so fast that I had to buy a box of a dozen of them.