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Hello, some traditional artists here ask me to share some of my side when creating renderings. I guess I should start from the mediums I used and the utility of it. You can keep track of my journals for my posts like this, I'll try to revive my dA blog for being active despite of my paper works on school. Please let me share what bladed pencils are capable of.
You will not feel that lazy to do your stuff in the middle (application) if you will put your passion in every thing from the start, just like using blades to sharpen your pencils before you do your work, unless you hate having a tendency of being more diligent over your pencils.
The more you make their leads sharper, the more they will become less durable. "But why do I have to take such years to sharpen them by using a blade if I could just use a cheap regular sharpener?"
These are what I experienced so far:
Using regular sharpeners
1.) Regular sharpeners eat so much of your pencils (especially the big one)
2.) Leads blunt easily
3.) Can't control exposed lead (which is used for larger rendering)
Blades and Knives
1.) Does not eat much of your pencil lead
2.) Good for pure rendering
3.) Does not blunt easily
4.) Lead easily breaks if the pencil is accidentally fallen.
5.) More enjoyable to use if you got used to it especially the very details of your work
7.) Finer strokes
6.) More of an "artist grade"
It doesn't mean if you can't make a pencil sharp like a needle's point, you can't create your desired piece. I just stated what bladed leads are capable of. Your patience will be also tested just by manually sharpening it and you will know your personality as an artist.
Not all artists love what will be the outcome of their blood and sweats, some artists love how outcomes are made.