Trying non-glare graphite pencils for the first time

Hi friends! Today I am trying the Faber Castell Pitt Graphite Matte pencils for the first time. I always enjoyed drawing with graphite but the glare made it hard to judge values under my strong studio lights and it made filming difficult so I thought these might be nice if I wanted to post more drawing tutorials.

I drew this sheep (you can find a real-time lesson in Critique Club if you want) and here is the timelapse video with my first impressions of these pencils. This is not a review as I am not sure how I feel about them yet and I need to try them on other papers before I can offer a considered opinion on them.

Having a few days to reflect on this project I think my paper was not robust enough to handle the amount of work I did with the eraser. I used the eraser as a drawing tool to pull out my highlights and it was pilling the paper of my Viviva sketchbook. I like this paper but it is delicate and doesn’t withstand taping or erasing which is common with papers made in India for some reason. It could be the local sizing available in the country. I’ll give the Pitt Matte Black Graphite pencils another few tries and let you know how I get on with them. Til next time happy crafting!

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