... for what?
A long time ago I ran into too many imperfections in Turquoise brand
leads so I don't use them if I can help it. though recent purchases
("WHAT, this is the only 2H you have?!") have proven to be fine. The
majority of my lead is Staedtler and I'm happy with it. But I couldn't
tell you when I was using one or the other.
I don't like the plastic based leads and I think maybe (check w/ an
authority) they are intended for use on mylar anyway.
I love my 9H. Everybody else cringes at the thought. I'm getting
better with softer leads and have had some success using so soft
(gasp) as a 2B. Not fully happy yet with line consistency and
blackness but that may be me.
Of course, I use my full range on any given drawing. And sometimes lay
down ink because, face it, it's blacker and crisper than lead will
My issue with the craft paper is "how well does it erawse"? I've been
doing some drawings on different media and none of them erase as
cleanly (especially the softer leads) as vellum. The nice opaque white
Brtistol board sure looks nice pinned up though.
++, what are you using for pens? I've tried all the disposables and
the Prismacolors are, imo, almost OK. Thirty dollar steel tubes; REAL
(manly ;-) technical pens. That's the ticket. PITA, but ticket.
I haven't had much luck with disposables as they all have leakage
problems; and cleaning normal Staedler pens is a bitch and then you have
to worry about the purity and opacity of the line after cleaning,
humidifying, and etc.. But I also have large collection of old
fashioned quill pens, drawing pens, only problemmatic when someone is
measuring a line thickness but otherwise nice for drawing.
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