Large range of grades create lots of hues ranging from light greys to deep, smudgy blacks
lead is SV bonded (securely gluing the lead to the wood on both sides down the full length of the pencil) this helps prevent breakage and allows for better sharpening to produce a fine point.
Top tips from Faber Castell on using the 9000 Graphite Pencils
Very finely ground graphite and clay are the base materials for the range. The pencils used to draw precise lines and fine details
available in different grades of hardness, based on the proportion of the two components in the mixture.
Examples of use:
Lines and areas - Different line widths and areas can be created by holding the crayon at various angles and using different edges.
Hatching - Hatching involves creating areas from lines. A very even effect can be produced by repeatedly superimposing lines at different angles. These areas can range in colour from delicate grey to deepest black, depending on the grade of hardness and the pressure of the stroke.
Shading - To create an area of even colour in which the individual strokes are no longer visible, hold the pencil at a very shallow angle and only press down lightly on the paper.
Brush painting - Particularly large areas can be easily shaded using graphite crayons. Painting the area with paraffi n oil (salad or baby oil) and a bristle brush will enhance the intensity of the graphite layer.