Art Pencils: Cheap Mechanical Pencils
Mechanical pencils have been my main art tool box addition, as sometimes they are just great to draw some technical details with the right set of stencils, but lately I have just been using them to sketch with, as they only require lead refills, which cuts down on sharpening your sketching pencils.
For many artists they may use some form of mechanical pencil in some form or another, like a stick of graphite which is fixed to a holder of some sort, which is similar to a mechanical pencil, this enables the artist to prevent smudging on their work, by providing a small bit of distance from the artists hand to the drawings that they are trying to accomplish, but again this could also be prevented with a sheet of paper, so really a mechanical pencil provides the ease of sketching and drawing, by removing the need for a pencil sharpener, but if you lost the pencil lead refills, what then?
Well that is the only thing that you could find annoying with a mechanical pencil, that and the fact they can can snap easily under certain amounts of pressure if your shading for example, it's happened to me, when I am busy shading an artwork, only to have the lead break right when I have done some great shading built up in layers and then a pencil line goes across your fine tonal work.
But if you be careful, there is no reason why you can't achieve some brilliant results with a simple mechanical pencil, there are some cheap mechanical pencil brands out there today and they reflect the quality that they have been manufactured to attain.
The Bic mechanical pencils was one of the first ones I can ever remember buying, as I recognized the brand from their range of biros, which I also sketch with, often times many mechanical pencils have been redesigned to provide a good rubber grip and most of the Bic range have that, which I like, although it is noted that some of the different Bic pencils don't come with the lead refills which is rather poor, but there are some ones that do, so seek out them ones that do.
The Bic range is just one of the classic mechanical pencil manufacturers as they also produce great gel ink pens and ball point pens, the best mechanical pencils are the ones with spring loaded pump action, just in case you are going to do battle sketching against someone else.
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I once found 4 boxes of Monte Blanc Mechanical pencils for $30, which doesn't sound too impressive, but each box retails at over something like $80 or so and within each box there is one mechanical pencil that is apparently a limited edition...which is nice!
Just have a look on ebay and find some bargains at different times of the year like I did and you will get some discounts on some art stuff people want to get rid of or for retailers to start a new product line.