Looking for an upgrade to you standard school pencil? Nobby pencils are the elite pencil of choice for sketching, designing, laying work and simply for aficionados of fine writing instruments. Its sleek, substantial metal body features a built-in sharpener and elegant push button mechanism. The large graphite size is ideal for covering a large area quickly and for loose gestural drawings—while at the same time having a fine point for more detailed work.
Smooth, dense lead in either 3mm or 6mm
3mm Pencil is equipped with a handy clip
Solid metal body
Fits comfortably in your hand
Top-button unscrews to reveal the integrated lead sharpener
Graphite lead is categorized into grades ranging from 9H to 9B. H stands for hardness and B for blackness. Meaning that a 9H lead is very hard and light, while a 9B lead is very soft and black. Harder leads are easier to erase but are more difficult to blend making them ideal for sharper lines and for detail work. We recommend artists have a wide variety of lead types.
The Nobby pencil is an extremely helpful tool for shading. With this pencil artists can achieve smooth tones and quickly create layers of graphite to get the tonality they desire.
Graphite Drawing and Mark-Making
Mark making is the term used to describe the process of applying pencil lead to paper. To improve your pencil drawing skills pay close attention to how you position the pencil. Controlling and exploiting the different possibilities of the pencil is an important factor in developing artistic skills.
Variation of Lines
When drawing lines, note that you can achieve a variety of line weights by refining the amount of pressure you apply.
Achieving Even Shading
To prevent unwanted bands of tone throughout your art, work back and forth over the same area, while randomly varying the spot where the pencil-point changes position.
There are three factors that influence the texture and smoothness of shading:
Method of applying graphite
Hatching and Cross-Hatching
The Nobby pencils are designed for covering large areas smoothly and are not intended for cross-hatching (a technique that involves drawing fine parallel lines close together to create the illusion of texture or shading). If you are looking to achieve this style of art, you may be interested in our line of Aristo pencils instead.
The term blending refers to a graphite drawing technique that can represent a variety of forms. Some artists prefer to achieve blending styles by applying a varying amount of pressure to their pencil. We discourage artists from using their finger tips for blending , because even on freshly washed hands, there is always oil on your skin that can potentially transfer onto your art, making the graphite more difficult to erase. Blending stumps, tissue paper and cotton swabs are great alternatives for blending techniques.
Rendering refers to the process of creating art and is also the term used when artists use an eraser to create their work. For this method, an artist applies graphite to their paper and uses an eraser to establish the line instead of another pencil.