I recently bought myself a set of Faber-Castell 9000 pencils after hearing about them from Lisa Clough of Lachri Fine Art's videos. I was concerned because the set only goes up to a 2H, which I didn't think would be light enough. I was wrong. The 2H pencil in the Faber-Castell brand is more like a 4H or even a 6H in other brands I've used. Below is a comparison between the 2H pro art pencil and the 2H Faber-Castell pencil. Keep in mind, I pressed the same for both lines. The Faber-Castell line is on the left and the pro art line is on the right.
In fact, the Faber-Castell is so light it took me three attempts to get this pic because I couldn't find the line through my camera lense and I had to use my finger to tell me where it was.
The 4b in this brand is especially dark. I'll have to be careful with that one.
I wanted to do an entire drawing using only these pencils, which is this one.
I ended up having to use my carbon pencils and my Koh-1-Noor Progresso woodless pencil, because the Faber-Castell set didn't give me the range I felt I needed. I think my results started to improve, though when I made use of the 2h pencil for shading. It gave me that extra light look which even the 2b couldn't give me.
The above drawing is titled "Girl On A Rug", by the way. You can read about it here.
That's all for now. I'll talk to you all again next week.
Painter of portraits and wildlife