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Video: Daler-Rowney Tips & Techniques For Sketching
Formed from high quality graphite, Daler-Rowney Artists’ Graphic Pencils are available in a range of 12 shading degrees. Complete with their own carry tin, this set of pencils is ideal for use both indoors and outdoors.
What is a Graphite Pencil?
A non-toxic form of carbon, graphite is not in fact lead; the misnomer arose when it was first discovered, and mistaken for lead. Equally suitable for drawing or writing, Graphite Pencils produce durable markings, resistant to moisture, ultraviolet radiation, and natural aging, which can be easily removed with an Eraser.
What do the grade letters mean?
Daler-Rowney Artists’ Graphic Pencils are graded according to the HB scale, where “H” indicates the hardness of the lead, and “B” represents the blackness of the mark it will make. Pencils are also designated a number, to show the level of these grades. For example, a 4B pencil produces a darker mark than a 2B pencil, and the lead of a 3H pencil is harder than that of an H pencil. Graphite pencils may also be graded with the letter “F”, signifying that the lead may be sharpened to a fine point.
There is no industry standard for implementing the HB scale, meaning that a 2B pencil from one brand will not necessarily leave the same mark as a 2B pencil from another brand.
This video illustrates the differences between standard graphite pencil grades:
Why use Daler-Rowney Artists’ Graphic Pencils - Tin of 12?
Containing 12 Daler-Rowney Artists’ Graphic Pencils in grades: 2H, F, HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7B, 8B and 9B, this tin is perfect for artists sketching on location or in the studio. The Daler-Rowney Smooth Cartridge Pad provides the ideal surface for these pencils, which are also suitable for use with our Sketchbooks and other Paper and Pads.
Who are Daler-Rowney?
Established in 1783, by Richard and Thomas Rowney, Daler-Rowney has been manufacturing the finest art materials for over 230 years.
In 1963, Rowney became the first manufacturer in Europe to introduce artists' acrylic colour. Widely used by artists, including well-known proponents Peter Blake and Bridget Riley, throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Rowney’s “Cryla” heralded a new era in art practice, which became known as ‘Pop Art’.
In 1983, the Daler Board Company purchased the George Rowney Company, forming Daler-Rowney Limited, as the company is known today. Daler-Rowney now operates from three manufacturing bases, two in the UK and one in the Dominican Republic, where their artists' brushes are made.
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