Thursday, September 4, 2008

Just a graphite sketch

Doodled this sketch of my artist niece from a photograph using a 3.15 mm leadholder, Lamy Scribble, loaded with Caran D'Ache Technograph 3B 3.0 mm lead. This stubby leadholder is quite comfortable for sketching albeit a tad expensive and somewhat hard to keep loaded with 3.00-3.15 mm lead which is not so widely available (luckily Google usually yields a couple of reliable sources stateside). Yet for the those committed to developing their sketching skills, it's a a sound investment and sure to become a trusted sturdy tool for life. The 3.15 mm 4B Lamy graphite refills are rather short and tend to smear, so I prefer to load the Scribble with Technograph 3B leads. The Caran D'Ache 3.0 mm graphite lead is a marvel of Swiss engineering: resistant to breakage and yields fairly smear-proof line strokes.

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