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Tombow professional drawing pencils

Updated on April 4, 2013

My favorite drawing pencils are...

I found Tombow Mono Professional Drawing Pencils by accident, and it was the best thing that ever happened to my art!

Once you try these pencils, I don't think you will want to use any other kind. They contain more graphite than ordinary pencils, and the consistency is great! Very buttery and smooth feel. Great for blending.

I have recommended them to all my artist friends. If you're new to drawing, all the little numbers and letters on pencils can look daunting. You can become a pencil nerd, or you can get drawing! Something tells me you'd rather be drawing, so this page will get you started.

What to buy advice: Tombow pencils on Amazon

If you are just starting out in drawing, probably the most economical thing to do is get the set shown below. The set has the pencils in varying degrees of hardness.

Once you have been working with them for awhile, you'll probably realize you are using about 4 of the pencils the most often.

My most commonly used pencils are 2B, 3B, 4B, and 6B. Your favorites might be different. Once you notice which ones are getting the most use, then consider buying a full box of those pencil grades.

Occasionally I need some of the F and H hardness pencils, but not as often. The graphite pencils in the H range also last longer simply because their graphite is harder.

The links in this section will take you to, but you don't have to buy them there. The next section covers other places you can locate these pencils. I'm very glad they are getting easier to find.

Tombow's Company Blog - I was featured artist on Tombow's blog

I do not work for Tombow, I have never received any free merchandise from Tombow. I have not been compensated in any way for this Squidoo page. I just really like the pencils, and wanted to share the information. Tombow found my page and decided to feature me on their blog. It was a really nice surprise!

Tombow Mono Pencils

Description from Pencil Package...

Tombow Mono Homograph pencils are made with superior extra-refined, high density graphite. Slow wear- smooth, dense writing. Smearproof lines - crisp, clean drawings. Point strength- extreme resistance to breakage.

For More Information About Tombow Mono Pencils...

Contact the company:


355 Satellite Blvd NE

Suite 300

Suwanee, GA


1-678-442-9224 (outside U.S.A.)

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    • Darla Dixon profile imageAUTHOR

      Darla Dixon 

      6 years ago

      @PickupTrucksFan1: They don't compare. Try the Tombow & see what you think.

    • PickupTrucksFan1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I like some of the General Pencil Company drawing pencils. Available at Hobby Lobby.

    • delia-delia profile image


      8 years ago

      Interesting, I never heard of this brand...will have to look into them. Thanks for sharing!

    • Darla Dixon profile imageAUTHOR

      Darla Dixon 

      8 years ago

      @myraggededge: Look for them, even if you just want a good pencil ... for a pencil! You will favor it over many other writing tools. That's how I found them, I stumbled upon an old one in a desk drawer at a place I used to work. It might have been worth working at that codependent mess of an office for a year, just for that one good pencil discovery. lol!

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      8 years ago

      YES, I fully agree about Tombow pencils. I have been trying different drawing pencils for awhile now, from "store brands" like Raffine, Utrecht, Cheap Joe's to high end brands like Derwent, Prismacolor, Staedler, and Cretacolor. But this one (Tombow) just jumped at at me! Soft, dark, I love it. I use 4B and 6B for my graphite drawings and 2B for an outline I later erase in my colored pencil drawings. Dick Blick seems like the only place to get these individually on-line, where they are cheap but you get killed by shipping costs if you don't have a big enough order. Perhaps they are carried at the Blick stores.

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      8 years ago

      These sound very interesting - never heard of them before. Thanks!


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