I have to admit, as soon as I got home I began a new drawing with the Derwent Graphic pencils. Right away I could feel a difference from the General Pencil Company Kimerly pencils. I also had a larger range of degrees than I had ever used before when drawing.
As much as I loved them, I did notice a scratchy quality to the “H” pencils. Similar to the Kimberly pencils, it seemed the harder the graphite, the more it seemed to scratch against the paper even with the slightest touch. It was a bit frustating especially when working on an area then suddenly hitting what felt like a hard little nugget in the graphite! I would have to stop and sharpen my pencil past the point of that hard rock like area. I wrote it off as being a normal part of graphite. After all, the higher the number in the “H” pencils, the more filler is added. The filler usually being a combination of clay and other fillers. I guessed hitting these little scratchy nuggets was just a part of life as a graphite artitst.
About a year later I decided to give Staedter Mars Lumograph pencils a try. I found them on sale and purchased the full range set as well as the separate “Blacks” set. That changed everything! Those pencils were so smooth an silky going down on the paper I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and feeling. I fell instantly in love.
After working with them for several months I discovered there was a down side for me with the Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencils. Despite not having a heavy hand, they seem to develop graphite shine much easier than other graphite pencils I used.
Shortly after that I recieved a notification from Lachri Fine Art’s YouTube channel that the weekly live stream would be about Derwent’s new Graphic pencils. They had reformulated their pencils. I couldn’t wait to watch and listen to that live stream. I was excited to find out that the improved formula was just that, improved!
You can view her review video here: Drawing Tips: Flamingo w/ the New Derwent Graphite Pencils.