What are the best pens that you have used


Which pens are the best for drawing?

Hello dear artist,
I am asked again and again which pens are the best for drawing. That's why I decided to do a detailed one Drawing tutorial to write on this subject.

The following topics await you in this article:

  1. The main types of pens
  2. Advantages and disadvantages of the types of pen
  3. Pencils degree of hardness
  4. Application examples
  5. Youtube video with further explanations about the drawing tool

1. The main types of pens

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The pen is that most important tool when drawing, therefore it is very understandable that beginners want to know first which crayons are the best.

The ones shown in the picture three types of pencil are sufficient, around Photo-realistic drawings to create.
Of course you needdifferent degrees of hardness for each variety, on this I'll be in Section threego into more detail.
But first more about the pen types.

Pencils - graphite pencils

Pencils - also called graphite pencils - are suitable excellent for light to medium-dark areas. They are very suitable for bringing the first sketches and shapes of a drawing onto paper. The graphite that is applied to the paper when drawing is very fine and is suitable ideal for light to dark skin tones. Pencils can be made with various tools blur very well.

You can find one below Link to the pencils, that I use:
Farber Castell 9000

Charcoal pencils

Charcoal pencils consist of pressed charcoal and are used in a wide variety of areas. The coal particles are usually somewhat coarser than that of graphite pencils. That's why they are in light and fine areas the drawing to be used very carefully. The charcoal pencils can quickly look dirty in fine areas of skin.

Below you will find Links to the charcoal pencils, that I use:
Conté a Paris HB
Conté a Paris B
Conté a Paris 2B
Conté a Paris 3B

Black stone pens

Black stone pens are great for very dark spots and are at the same time very easy to smudge. I am not aware of any pen that can create even darker areas. Thanks to the good smearability, these pens can be countless pitches produce.

Below you will find Links to the black stone pensthat I use:
Pierre Noire HB and 2B
Pierre Noire 3B

Instead of individual pens, you can also get a drawing set - e.g. B. our Drawing set by Schnaud.

2. Advantages and disadvantages of the pen types

Now that you've got to know the different types of pencils, you want to know where they are Strengths and weaknesses of the pens lie. First of all, I would like to say that in principle you can use any pen for anything. Each “weakness” is often a “strength” in a different place.

Pencils - graphite pencils
Pencils can be particularly light with conventional sharpeners sharpen. In addition, they have very fine particleswhat makes it possible very much fine transitions and barely noticeable nuances to create.
A possible disadvantage of pencils is this Shine of the graphite. The drawing begins through the particles in the graphite to shine quickly. This can be disadvantageous if the effect is not desired.

Charcoal pencils
Charcoal pencils are located in the middle area. you are not quite as fine as pencils, however, you can with them significantly darker, matt surfaces produce.
As mentioned above, charcoal pencils are significantly coarser than pencils. So you should used very specifically.
Soft charcoal pencils are difficult to sharpen with conventional sharpeners. S.You are therefore often with one Knife (razor blade) and Sharpened sandpaper . This takes some practice!

Black stone pens
The great strength of black stone pens is the Dullness and the dark that they put on paper. However, many used the pens also as an all-round talent. By the Blurcan also whole portraits with individual black stone pens to draw.
The big challenge with these pencils it is pointed. you break very easily and you need plenty of practice to sharpen them.

Drawing sets
With a well-stocked Drawing set you have immediately everything at hand and don't have to buy all parts individually. At this point I would like to tell you my own set of characters to introduce. It contains everything you needin order to really be able to realize all drawings. If you want to find out more, take a look at it directly in our shop. Click here for the drawing set.

3. Pens hardness

In the table above you can see the Pen degrees of hardness. The scale goes from 9B = very soft to
9H = very hard
. But what does the pen degree of hardness mean in practice? The degree of hardness could also be used in other words Name the degree of darkness. In short, the softer a pen, the darker you can paint with it.
This is due to the fact that the soft pencil gives off its particles to the sheet much more easily than the hard pencil.
So if you bright areas want to paint, you should be best a hard pen use. Do you want something Paint dark, it is best to use the soft pencils.

Exact application examples follow in the next section as well as in our article on pencil thicknesses.

4. Application examples for drawing

In the following, I will show you where you can use which pens using one of my drawings. I hope the examples help you understand the procedure.

5. Youtube video with further explanations about the drawing tool

In the following video I will show you which pens, erasers, brushes and other drawing tools I use.

Have fun! 🙂

You can also find more about drawing materials in my article on drawing utensils.🙂 Or take a look at our drawing set by Schnaud. 🙂

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Simon Gillmeister is a passionate artist and co-founder of SCHNAUD GbR. He inspires art lovers all over the world with his works. As the author of the SCHNAUD art blog, he shares his knowledge with art enthusiasts and budding artists.