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Best Drawing Pencils for Professionals and Beginners Who Love to Sketch

Best Mechanical Pencils for Drawing


rOtring Rapid PRO Mechanical Pencil, 0.5 mm

Best mechanical pencil for drawing

rOtring | $16.99

ROtring is the dominant name in the field of technical drawing pens, and this model carries on the tradition. This professional drafting pencil has been specially designed to reduce breakage, meaning you’ll waste less money on refills. With a retractable tip and non-slip metal grip, it will quickly become a favorite whether used for drafting or sketching.


Faber Castell Grip 2011 Mechanical Pencil 0.7 mm

Best Mechanical Pencils

Faber-Castell | $22.50

Faber-Castell’s Grip 2011 Mechanical Pencil has won design awards for a reason. Rubber dots along the triangular barrel make it extremely comfortable and easy to grip. It also comes with a twist-out eraser and is pre-loaded with lead.


Staedtler Mars 780 Technical Mechanical Pencil

Best Drawing Pencils

Staedtler | $7.43

If you’re looking for a pencil for technical sketching, give the Staedtler Mars 780 a try. Reviewers talk about these pencils as keepsakes that they use for years and only replace when necessary. “I’ve used this specific lead holder for over a decade and when I lost it I just had to replace it,” one person wrote. “The holder itself is light, with a nice weight given by the metal grip. Despite what you might expect the metal diamond grip is actually very comfortable and pretty smooth.”


Pentel GraphGear 1000 Mechanical Pencil

Best Drawing Pencils

Pentel | $9.28

Work in comfort when you use the Pentel GraphGear mechanical pencil. It is inlaid with soft pads that will feel good on your fingers. Beyond that, the pencil features a dual retractor to both advance and retract your lead with ease.


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Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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