Picked up some graphite the other day. It has been forever since I’ve used non-mechanical pencils.
I don’t think there’s any question that using sharpened graphite sticks is better if your final work is graphite (like the difference between tech pens and brush), but I only really use pencil to sketch in prep for inks and/or watercolor, so using mechanical pencils made more sense/is cleaner. Graphite is messy, and I have a love/hate thing going with messy. I dunno.
Proportions are totally off in the second one, but I like how these turned out for the most part.