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Graphite Pencil Sets

At Art to Art, we have the widest range of graphite pencil sets at the best prices. Find everything you need from the most popular brands, including Staedtler, Faber Castell and Mont Marte. Shop graphite pencil sets online today and get free shipping when you spend over $100

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Staedtler Mars Lumograph Pencil Tin 6


Staedtler Mars Lumograph Pencil Tin 12


Staedtler Mars Lumograph Pencil Tin 24


Staedtler Mars Lumograph Black Pencil Tin 6


Staedter Mars Lumograph Pencil Bonus Set


Staedtler Mars Lumograph pure graphite Pencils


Staedtler Mixed Sketching Set


Staedtler Mars Lumograph aquarell pencil 3pk


Staedtler Mars Lumograph Aquarell Pencil Tin 5


Staedtler Mars Lumograph Jumbo Pencil 5pk


Faber Castell Graphite 9000 Art Set 12


Faber Castell Graphite 9000 Design Set 12


Graphite Pencil Sets

Graphite pencils are a necessity for every artist - whether you’re a beginner or professional. They can also be used for a variety of drawing techniques, like sketching, shading or creating fine details. No matter the graphite pencil set you choose, you’re sure to find pencils that glide smoothly over the paper, are break resistant and erase easily.

You can also find water soluble graphite pencils in our range. These are suitable for sketching, watercolour effects, washes, life drawing and mixed media. They can also be used with watercolour pencils and paints.Shop graphite pencil sets at Art to Art. Same day dispatch and Afterpay available. Want to take your artwork to the next level? Don’t forget to browse through our colour pencil sets, artist pencils and drawing supplies.



Understanding Pencil Grades: A Handy Guide

When you start using pencils, whether for sketching, writing, or drawing, you'll notice they come with different markings like 2B, HB, or 4H. These markings aren't arbitrary; they indicate the grade of the pencil and ultimately, the hardness of the graphite or lead core. Here's how they work


The Scale of Hardness to Blackness


The pencil grading scale is divided from hardest to softest leads. It typically looks like this:

  • H Range: Starting from H (hard), 2H, 3H up to 4H, and so on, these pencils have harder leads and lighter marks. These pencils are superb for fine and detailed line work since they keep their sharp point longer.
  • B Range: Starting from B (blackness), 2B, 3B up to 8B, these pencils have softer leads. They produce darker and denser marks. The higher the number, the softer the graphite, which is perfect for shading and dynamic sketches.
  • F Grade: Standing for 'fine point', this grade maintains a sharp point performing well in both detailed work and slightly heavier shading.
  • HB: Situated right in the middle of the scale, HB pencils offer a balance of hardness and blackness, making them versatile and popular amongst both students and professionals.

Choosing the Right Pencil


  • For Fine Lines and Detail: Opt for H graded pencils. The higher the number, the harder the graphite, and the lighter the mark.
  • For Rich, Dark Shades: Choose a pencil in the B range. These softer pencils allow for beautiful, broad coverage and deep shading.
  • General Use: The HB pencil is your go-to if you need something for everyday use. It's perfectly balanced to handle text and basic sketches.


Tips for Usage

To fully utilize your pencils, start with a harder pencil (H) to sketch lightly and create your initial outlines; these lines are easier to erase and adjust. As your work progresses, switch to a softer pencil (B) to deepen the contrast and add texture to your drawing. Remember, layering hard pencil will not achieve deep blacks; switch to a softer pencil to capture those tones effectively.

Having a range of different grades at your disposal allows you to explore different techniques and add dimension to your work. Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned artist, understanding and using the correct pencil grades can significantly enhance the quality of your drawings.


Equipping oneself with the right tools is the first step toward success whether in art, construction, or education.


Discover the Art of Drawing: Mastering Graphite Sketch Pencils

At Art to Art, we understand that the right tools are just the beginning of your artistic journey. Our premium and affordable graphite sketch pencils come in a variety of shapes for utmost comfort, including the iconic hexagon shape for finer details and accuracy. These versatile drawing pencils can be used for intricate line-work, shading, smudging, and cross-hatching on any sketches you desire. They are also easy to erase!

To truly master the art of drawing with these exceptional tools, consider these expert tips:

  • Hold your pencil correctly: Support the pencil with your middle finger, gripping it between your thumb and first finger. This grip provides optimal control and comfort.
  • Use light pressure: Start with light strokes. This technique allows you to build up darker shades gradually and avoids harsh lines that are difficult to erase.
  • Keep the tip sharpened: A sharp tip gives you precision, especially important for fine details. Regularly sharpen your pencil to maintain the quality of your lines.
  • Handle with care: Graphite is delicate. Avoid dropping your pencils as this can break the internal lead, affecting the consistency of your strokes.

At Art to Art, we stock graphite sketch pencils from your favorite brands including Faber Castell, Staedtler, Palomino Blackwing, and more. We also recommend pairing a kneadable eraser with your pencils to correct and lighten your artwork effortlessly. Check out our graphite pencil sets, where you can choose from sets of 5 to 33! Each set contains different degrees of hardness, making it easier to achieve light and dark compositions.

Whether you're sketching out a quick draft or working on a detailed portrait, mastering these tips will elevate your skills and enhance your drawing experience. Dive into the world of graphite with Art to Art and transform your creative ideas into stunning realities.





Which graphite pencil is best?

We often recommend Faber Castell and Staedtler graphite pencils. For over 100 years, their graphite drawing pencils have been among the most popular artist pencils in the world.


What do most artists use graphite pencils for?

Most artists use graphite pencils for sketching, drawing, shading and creating precise detailing.


What pencils are needed for sketching?

This is ultimately down to your preference, but the best pencils for sketching are generally considered to be HB, 2B, 6B and 9B.


How do you use graphite pencils for beginners?

The best way to learn how to use graphite pencil sets is to a) practice and b) watch tutorials! You can learn a whole host of techniques, such as how to shade, create light and loose sketches, or create fine, precise details.