Overview

Nobby pencils are ideal for sketching, designing, laying work and lovers 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.

Features:

  • Smooth, dense lead
  • Refillable
  • 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

3 mm

  • 4B Lead
  • Metal Clip
  • Refillable
  • 3mm diameter lead
  • Offers control and balance
  • Easy to load and work with
  • Solid and comfortable 22 gram weight
  • Offers more precision than the 6 mm model
  • Approximately 10mm in diameter and 120mm long
  • Available in 3 colors: moss green, black and red
  • Push-button unscrews to reveal built-in sharpener

6 mm

  • 6B Lead
  • Refillable
  • 5.8mm diameter
  • Offers control and balance
  • Easy to load and work with
  • Feels substantial in your hand
  • Covers more area than the 3mm model
  • Solid and comfortable 56 gram weight
  • Approximately 14mm in diameter and 120mm long
  • Push-button unscrews to reveal built-in sharpener
  • Available in 3 colors: chrome, cadet grey, and violet

Graphite Techniques

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.

Shading

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:

  • Pencil choice
  • Method of applying graphite
  • Paper texture

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. 

Blending

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

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. 


Tips

  • Keep your working surface clean.
  • Use a clean piece of paper under your hand to avoid smudging your work.
  • Start at the top of the page and work your way down to prevent dragging your hand through your illustration.
  • Don't sharpen lead over your art projects.
  • Grip the pencil body loosely to avoid wearing out your hand muscles.
  • Make sure that the paper you are drawing on has a smooth flat surface underneath.
  • Work on a hard surface to acheive hard precise lines. 
  • Work on a surface that offers a little cushion or use a softer paper if you want softer lines.
  • Don't layer graphite drawings. If you must do this, put a scratch paper between them to prevent smudging.
  • Work on a paper that is a little rough to make it easier to get a consistent gradient. 

Tools of the Trade

Sharpeners

Shape the point of your lead by rubbing the side of the pencil on scrap paper between sharpening. You can also save the sharpening shavings. If you need a darker line, use a softer pencil, and be aware that a softer pencil goes blunt quickly. If you need a fine point, simply unscrew the top button and use the built-in sharpener. 

3mm Sharpener

6mm Sharpener

Erasers

There are many types of erasers on the market.  Our click eraser is perfect for erasing single lines and adding highlights to your art. Kneadable erasers are also a great option because they can be shaped however you like and won’t leave any residue.

Fixative

A fixative is a preservative agent you apply to finished art pieces. There are two types of fixatives: workable and final. Workable fixatives allow the option to come back and keep working on your projects later while still setting any loose material. As the name implies, final fixatives are final and do not allow you to return to working on your piece. Some people have been known to use hairspray as their fixative, but beware: hairspray will eventually turn paper yellow.