Pencil extender – do I need it?

Hi, today I want to give you a short note about a tool called pencil extender.

I had never used such a tool before, but when I got it my life has changed 🙂
Being more serious, pencil extender is a simple device, which extends our pencil so we can use it in a comfortable way even when a pencil is relatively short.

Just look at the pictures how one of my pencils looks like.

pencil extender pencil extender in action

What can I say, it is much easier for me to draw with such a tool when a pencil is short, and I can wear out almost whole pencil easily without any hand fatigue. So answering a question from a title, yes I need such a device.

And this is pretty all today, I just wanted to show you such a new thing I use for drawing.

Until next time.

Tools I use for drawing

Hi, today I want to tell you which tools I use for my drawing exercises.

First of all, pencils.
Most of the time I draw with a B2 or B4 wooden pencil.  I pick HB or H2 hardness for light sketching. If I do some dark and bigger shadow areas I use B6 or even B8, which are very soft. When I do some exercises like line and shapes drawing I just pick whatever I have beside me.

Apart from this, from time to time I use a mechanical pencil with a B or B2 hardness and 0.5mm graphite size. It is pretty good for adding some details or do thin lines.

As for a company, I had been using Faber Castell, Staedtler, Koh-i-noor or even no-name pencils so far.
Sometimes some of them give scratchy feeling during drawing (when picking up a harder pencil like H, H2), but in general, all pencils I have been using so far were really good.

Mostly I use a kneadable eraser, which I found is great for adding highlights and what’s more, I can easily change its form to clean small areas or big ones.
I always have at least one of such an eraser beside me (and it does not leave any particles on the paper like a vinyl eraser). I use a standard vinyl eraser as well, but not so often.

I use a 20cm or 30cm ruler, to draw longer lines (like horizon for example), set perspective or proportions.

What more? A sharpener, paper (mostly A4 format) and from time to time a tortillon for blending. I found that a sketchbook is pretty convenient recently. So now, I use such a thing instead of a paper taken from a printer, and I do not have a mess on my desk while drawing (I draw several pages at a time while exercising)  🙂

And this is pretty much all that I use so far.
In general H2 to B8 pencils, eraser, ruler, sharpener, paper, sketchbook and a tortillon.

If you are not familiar with a pencil gradation I am just going to tell you a simple thing. B letter with a greater number means more soft pencil, which leaves a darker color and a thicker line, HB pencil is in the middle, and an H one is harder and leaves a lighter color with a thinner line. It goes like this: from for example 8B to B, then HB, F (F is similar to HB) and then from H to H8. (some companies produce a wider scale with even 9B or 9H pencils)