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Papermate Mechanical Pencils

Updated on November 29, 2011

Mechanical Drawing Pencils From Papermate

Papermate has been manufacturing cheap biro pens for years and have become associated with affordable ball point pens ideal for writing and so when they released the mechanical pencil range also at a budget price I bought up a load to sketch and draw with and have found them to be my most used pencils to date. As with any mechanical pencil they come with plenty of lead within each pencil and you can buy extra lead refills for your pencils when you need to.

The very idea of drawing with a mechanical pencil is simple, they provide you with the opportunity to get rid of normal sketching pencils altogether that rely on you having to use a pencil sharpener to keep the point of your pencils sharp. Sometimes I've found some pencil sharpeners break the lead in the pencils when you try and sharpen your pencils and that was a frustrating annoyance.

A mechanical pencil always has a fine point for some technical drawing and together with rulers and other stencils you can create the most intricate artwork such as detailed drawing specifications and designs.


Mechanical Papermate Pencils

A Papermate mechanical pencil.
A Papermate mechanical pencil.

Sketching With The Mechanical Pencil From Papermate

In the following photo guide I sketched out a quick concept of a Demons head with a Papermate mechanical pencil just to show you the results of it. And to see how easy it is and you can throw that pencil sharpener out of the window as you don't need one, just plenty of lead refills.

Take a look!

Drawing With The Papermate Mechanical Pencil

Draw an oval face shape for the head.
Draw an oval face shape for the head.
Now draw in the eyes...it's looking like a Demon again!
Now draw in the eyes...it's looking like a Demon again!
Drawing in the top teeth now.
Drawing in the top teeth now.
Then the bottom teeth to match the top set.
Then the bottom teeth to match the top set.
Cheekbones and a few wrinkle lines on the Demons face. The mechanical pencil is ideal for this.
Cheekbones and a few wrinkle lines on the Demons face. The mechanical pencil is ideal for this.
Adding in more fine lines with the finest point of your pencil.
Adding in more fine lines with the finest point of your pencil.
Define some of those lines if you wish to.
Define some of those lines if you wish to.
Mechanical pencils are great for sketching loosely with, so remember when you have finished sketching you can press slightly harder and create a darker pencil line.
Mechanical pencils are great for sketching loosely with, so remember when you have finished sketching you can press slightly harder and create a darker pencil line.
Extra details here and there....
Extra details here and there....
Draw in the eyes properly and make them look Demonic.
Draw in the eyes properly and make them look Demonic.
Shade in the mouth area with the pencil now as it creates a nice depth to your drawing.
Shade in the mouth area with the pencil now as it creates a nice depth to your drawing.
Leave some white space in the middle of the mouth.
Leave some white space in the middle of the mouth.
Parallel lines help to create the illusion of shading i the comic book art world though....
Parallel lines help to create the illusion of shading i the comic book art world though....
Add more lines at varying angles for some contrasting shading and also try some cross hatching if you like.
Add more lines at varying angles for some contrasting shading and also try some cross hatching if you like.
Last bits of shadow on the horns and it's a workable drawing....
Last bits of shadow on the horns and it's a workable drawing....
Hey good lookin what ya got cookin!
Hey good lookin what ya got cookin!

Papermate Mechanical Pencils

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      Wayne Tully 5 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yes mechanical pencils are the best for me also....

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      Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great hub. I see so many artists that insist on "pencil snobbery". I have tons of expensive pencils. But I always reach for the cheap mechanical pencils. I like that when I am really into a piece, a sharp point is just a click away. They also seem to erase better after the inking is done.

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now! I've had a few mech pencils that I've had since College and I haven't been to College for over 17 years and they still work as most lead refills are generally the same thickness for the pen barrels.

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      BrightMeadow 6 years ago from a room of one's own

      What great drawings. Hub was well written too.

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      lpanfil 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      I agree. I use mechanical pencils for my initial drawings. I also don’t have to worry about graphite dust from the sharpened pencil dropping on my paper.

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now! I enjoy using these mechanical pencils more than regular sketching pencils for the reasons I outlined above.

      Thanks now!

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Wayne

      I can think of fewer better ways to show someone how to sketch a demon's face. Outstanding! In fact, the step by step pictorial makes it look very easy. Looks like the fine point is doing a good job.

      Princesswithapen

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