Monday, April 02, 2007
I was trying out a new mechanical pencil today. I was asked what I thought of it and but for that I would have just put it in my bag and thought no more of it. It's a Lamy and it looks fairly boring so I bought it for drawing in public without drawing attention to myself (excuse the pun). So I tried some line drawings and I tried some shading and realised I don't really like these things. For line drawings they are fine although I find the line is a bit too regular and needs some working to get a nice variation. But for shading these mechanical pencils are very different to normal ones. Regular pencils have a very satisfying gritty feel as they glide along, you can feel the texture of the paper, but a mechanical pencil feels like it has ball bearings making it smoother to use and less responsive, as if the lead has different properties to an encased pencil lead. The line itself looks, to me anyway, quite different too - more like a definite line that you would get from a pen, and more difficult to play with and blend.
I'll still keep it with me though, and use it with my very tiny lightweight sketchbook for very brief sketches and for when I really don't want to be noticed!
I drew this quick sketch with an HB lead.