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Question for all artists! by Rafchu Question for all artists! by Rafchu

Have you found the perfect mechanical pencil?

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Janianna Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You've prolly got all the info you need by now, but I'll add my tools anyway.

I like Pentel brand Drafting Mechanical Pencils and colored lead. I get mine from a chain of stores local to my area of the US, but I've seen them easily available online and inexpensive (about $1 usd for 12 pieces of lead 0.5 for less than $10 usd) I've never had to replace the pencil and have only broken lead when I extend it too far and press too hard. I'd suggest buying in bulk to keep the price down, especially if you end up having to get international shipping. The link below is the exact model I have (in 0.5 and the Red and Blue lead). 

www.dickblick.com/products/pen…

One last thing I notice is that the colored lead doesn't erase completely and is a little dark for doing lineart over the top without erasing.
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Rafchu Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks for sharing! I foud some mechanical pencils that do the trick, now I'm looking for good blue leads so your link is precious ^o^!
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Janianna Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Awesome sauce.

I'm pretty sure you could find a local supplier, drafting section of your local art store. You could also ask if they'd order them for pick up if they don't carry in store. I did this for my 0.3 mechanical pencil (though my local store is freakin' awesome).
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Randommode Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I remember this problem this is how I ended up switching to tablet like 6 years ago, I wish I could help but you will always lose a bit, it's like paint there will always be a bit of a mess in real life 
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Rafchu Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Artist
Yes indeed ^o^ real life has no ctrl+Z!
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Randommode Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That is very true lol. Your art has inspired me a lot lately I wanted you to know 
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:iconrafchu:
Rafchu Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Artist
thank you! Good luck for your art progression, always happy to help, even a but ^-^/
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Randommode Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
lol I am not worried I may move slow but I learn fast :iconrandommode: 
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Eosphorite Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014   General Artist
You could try the GraphicGear 500 pencil from Pentel. Not too sure if you could find .7 versions of it. I find that these tend to have minimal lead wastage.
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Rafchu Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks! Duly noted!
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TheKukkiBeast Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student General Artist
I have yet to find a good mechanical pencil. I just use regular drawing pencils...and get mad every time my led goes dull
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ONATaRT Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, i bought a very generic Mechanical pencil 0.5 that came from japan. it doesn't break the lead and it used all of the lead, too. one of the coolest thing is it's cheap. i have been using it like for 4 years now. :T

24.media.tumblr.com/6cd690bb39…

:3
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Rafchu Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Artist
I know, right? I have bought a generic "goodies" mechanical pencils in Japan and it's the best one I have! It's a 0.5 though.
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ONATaRT Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, especially if it's the only one in the stores, makes it feel so special when you bought it.


i agree a draftsman pencil is okay too with the 2mm lead, but the only annoying thing when using that is you have to sharpen it with sandpaper, and it gets very dirty. 
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Rafchu Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Artist
Some of them have a small pencil sharpener instead of the eraser!
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ONATaRT Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
really? i didn't know that, thanks for sharing that info. :Hug:
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:iconrafchu:
Rafchu Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Artist
No problem ^^ look for the BIC Criterium 2mm, very cheap and has a nice lead sharpener -_^
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wazl Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
your better off using a draftsman's pencil. They hold leads of many sizes and use almost all of them. 
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Rafchu Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Artist
Very interesting, thank you!
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Cronossra Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so true. 
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Radji-Le-Dessinateur Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student General Artist
.... Raf-sempai, je comprends très bien le problême. J'utilise pour ma part un Criterium bic maxigrip. C'est pas chère, c'est fiable, et même pas de fabrication soviétique!
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Rafchu Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Artist
On m'a pas mal parlé du bon vieux BIC, je vais tenter ^^ merci !
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Kapalsky Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Rien ne vaut les bons vieux critériums Bic de 0,7mm, hell yeah! :D
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Rafchu Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Artist
Oui hein ? C'est ce que tout le monde me dit ^^ rien de tel que les basiques !
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Zepeda Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I use a drafting lead holder with a thick lead. It never breaks on me and will use up all the lead just about. But you can ether use a pencil sharpener or sand paper to sharpen it. They cost a little more butare worth it. I really love them.
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:iconrafchu:
Rafchu Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Artist
It's worth it if you can keep it few years!
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Geneen-Bones Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have this: www.pencils.jp/data/pencil/pro…
It's 2mm though, but it has a sharpener in the back
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Rafchu Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Artist
I have the exact same one ^^! I love it for shading but I have a hard time drawing with it.
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Geneen-Bones Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tres facile d'en trouver en France, pas vrai?
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:iconrafchu:
Rafchu Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Artist
Oui, on en trouve chez Gibert! BIC, c'est du solide ^^
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Allyatharii Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
I have a really good 0.5 one that never breaks my lead, and it's super comfy, but it still doesn't push out the last bit :c it doesn't waste too much lead though, maybe 1/5th or so?

www.sequoiaventures.com/iPenSt…

These ones. They are really good. I only have the T-0.5 though, they are Pilot brand and idk where to buy them :c
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:iconrafchu:
Rafchu Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks! I ordered one to try, Rotring is a great brand ^^
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Allyatharii Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Ooohh I hope you won't be disappointed! ;v;
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:iconrafchu:
Rafchu Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Artist
Don't worry, I can never have too many pencils ^o^!!
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