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wood or mechanichal
herio at 7:03PM, Oct. 1, 2006
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you you use a wooden pencil or a mechanichal one when you draw

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Generic Human at 7:23PM, Oct. 1, 2006
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Both. Either/or. Mechanical for the small details, but other than that, a regular pencil.
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Mazoo at 8:29PM, Oct. 1, 2006
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Normal ol' Number 2 for me. I absolutely hate mechanical pencils. I don't really know why, I just feel like I can't draw quality stuff with them. I guess I don't like using them since the lead is so thin. I tend to break it a lot.
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suzi at 8:36PM, Oct. 1, 2006
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ALWAYS mechanical, except when I'm using softer artist pencils in art class. I love small, uniform lines. I can't stand how regular pencils wear down into thicker lines over a relatively short period of time…bleh! bleh bleh bleh!
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AQua_ng at 11:48PM, Oct. 1, 2006
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The ones that I steal from Ikea.

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Terminal at 11:58PM, Oct. 1, 2006
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I love eraseable pens.
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theduckofanime at 1:01AM, Oct. 2, 2006
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When i use pencil,it's mechanical. I never have a sharpener around for regular.
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Adariel at 1:26AM, Oct. 2, 2006
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i also have that problem, but i always break the leads (heavy hand) so i guess im stuck with wood for a while
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kingofsnake at 4:09AM, Oct. 2, 2006
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I use a 6H for initial sketching and then a 3H to darken it up a *little*

I perfer a 4H but their harder to find around here for some reason
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isukun at 6:44AM, Oct. 2, 2006
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I have two mechanical pencils I use for drawing. One is your standard mechanical pencil with the thin leads and the other is an artist's mechanical with tick leads. Both are HB.

I don't typically draw anything for my comics in pencil anymore, but I used to use the regular mechanical pencil for comic work. Sometimes I would use the artist's pencil with blue leads for rough sketchy work and then tighten it up with the thinner HB leads.

Now I use the thicker leads for actual art work like life drawing. The thinner leads are great for animation work, though. It keeps your line weight consistant and fairly thin for detailed work.
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Corvin at 8:59AM, Oct. 2, 2006
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wooden with blue lead.

im fancier than y'all.

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Vaoni at 9:17AM, Oct. 2, 2006
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mechanical, always mechanical. wooden feels so weird to me now.

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MagickLorelai at 9:51AM, Oct. 2, 2006
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Mechanical. I have more control over the mechanical pencil, for whatever reason. The only wooden pencil I use is colored pencils, and that's only because what I have is Prismacolor, and goes down oh-so-smooooothly. ^_^

I hate sharpening pencils, and to keep getting the uniform line that I get from a pencil, I need a mechanical one. Wooden pencils wear down too fast, and break more often(I'm actually very heavy handed), so I have to keep sharpening them. As I don't feel like spending the better part of an hour sharpening a pencil, and want to actually, yanno, DRAW…

…^^ Mechanical.

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pshumate at 10:22AM, Oct. 2, 2006
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When I draw, I use a 0.5 mm mechanical pencil with either red or blue lead. I sometimes miss drawing on paper.
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Neilsama at 2:30PM, Oct. 2, 2006
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I always have wood when I'm drawing. The lead in mechanical pencils is too soft. They make very dark line and they're difficult to erase. I'll only use a mechanical pencil if I want to do some fine detail and if I know that there's no way I can screw anything up.
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Comicmasta at 2:57PM, Oct. 2, 2006
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I like Mechanical because i dont have to keep sharpening the wooden but personaly my favorite is the wooden because it doesnt leave an imprinted line when i erase it.
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hpkomic at 3:13PM, Oct. 2, 2006
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Neilsama
I always have wood when I'm drawing.

Quoted out of context. :D

I always use a mechanical pencil, and special colored lead.
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Neilsama at 4:41PM, Oct. 2, 2006
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hpkomic
Neilsama
I always have wood when I'm drawing.
Quoted out of context. :D
Hahahaha!!! You jerk! Although, given what I like to draw…
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BigFishComic at 7:48PM, Oct. 2, 2006
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I use my mouse in flash to draw.

holy shit, me too!
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Rich at 7:50PM, Oct. 2, 2006
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I always use a mechanical pencil. Since I almost always reink everything in photoshop, it doesn't mean much to me if my lineart is very messy. As long as I can tell what I'm looking at, it's all cool.
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Hawk at 9:06PM, Oct. 2, 2006
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I've been using the same type of mechanical pencil for about a decade. It's the Sanford Logo 4 with .5 lead. It feels so nice between my fingers that I've never felt like deviating. And like Rich, I end up reinking my art anyway (in Flash) so my use of a mechanical pencil falls completely down to comfort and convenience alone.
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Rich at 10:07PM, Oct. 2, 2006
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You do all your inking in Flash? I've never heard of using flash for such a thing as inking a drawing, but now that you mention it, that would allow for some incredibly scalable lineart. Could you possibly write a tutorial in the future or something?
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Hawk at 11:03PM, Oct. 2, 2006
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You know, I may consider a tutorial down the road.

Yeah, inking in Flash not only makes the lineart scalable, but it smooths your inking to the desired amount and allows you to simply click to fill any shape. Of course, it doesn't handle smooth gradients and shading as easily, but that's the trade off you get.
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LowResAtari at 11:13PM, Oct. 2, 2006
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Well… Monkey Island isn't exactly drawn… it's almost all vector graphics with effects applied to them… so I dunno what my answer to this question would be.

Mouse-drawn, I guess.
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Rich at 11:39PM, Oct. 2, 2006
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“Stuff about inking in flash”

I just tried it out. You're a fucking genius! Flash inking works brilliantly!

UPDATE: The more and more I try inking in Flash, the more I see how well this truly works! I was never able to ink smoothly before because I have shaky hands (I can't ever sleep, so I'm usually quite tired), but now I can have hyper smooth inking! I can only imagine how mixing this inking technique with photoshop coloring and shading will work!
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kingofsnake at 7:01AM, Oct. 3, 2006
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I wasn't a big fan of flash when I tried to port my inking from paintshop pro over, but to be fair i didn't spend alot of time messing aroud with it.
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Rich at 9:15AM, Oct. 3, 2006
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You may also need a Wacom tablet as well. If you don't have one, get one.

So back to topice, I don't like having a woody pencil. It is made of wood and I don't like wood so I prefer mechanical pencils.
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isukun at 9:50AM, Oct. 3, 2006
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Illustrator also works pretty well for inking. I tend to prefer it since it's easier to make lines with variable width and edit your lines.
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jetfox at 5:05AM, Oct. 4, 2006
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mechanical all the way, i hate to sharpen a wooden penciel 10,000 times when i'm working on a pic. that's if i start drawing again. <_<

for most inking tablet penciel if that counts. ^_^
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Mark at 7:10AM, Oct. 4, 2006
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Wood man wood. Mechanicals an evil thingy created by the man to sap our brains out and rob us of our tentalce powers
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