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This versatile pencil is great for art, sketching, and layout work. It is a standard size, round pencil that has very soft (6B equivalent), heavy, black graphite. Pencil is pre-sharpened.
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Great pencil at great price
from Tacoma, WA
Comments about General's Layout Pencil:
I use these for sketching as well as laying out my comic book pages and final pencil drawings for my pen and ink drawings. I like the darkness and softness of them for sketching and have found them good final drawings prior to inking. They erase fairly well if you don't draw to heavily with them on a final piece. This 12 pack is a great value and I'm glad I have extras around for both at home and in my bag.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great dark tones
Use for drawing with full range of values, thick lead, smooth to blend, really deep dark tones possible.
(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
No Different Than a 5B
from Fort Worth, TX
I've heard a lot about how this pencil gets really dark values and is great for sketching and getting nice line quality, so I bought a pack of two at my local art store. Initially, I agreed: it is a great pencil for sketching and line work. It's pretty smooth too. But when I paired it side by side with a regular 6B pencil, I realized that they are pretty much the same, except the 6B actually got darker. I don't mean to take away from the fact that this is a good pencil, but it doesn't really have any qualities that make it stand out against a 5B or 6B pencil.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Layout Pencil vs. 6B pencil
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General's Layout Pencil
from Tucson, AZ
This pencil provides the same value as Prismacolor's Ebony pencil except with a graphite sheen than may not be desirable.
5 Star for Sure
Product was better than I expected, perfect fit for our needs, will definitely order again.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
You can buy these?
from san jose, ca
I was shocked to see that you can buy these...I thought they grew in sketchboxes when you left a selection of other pencils alone for a week. (I have never bought one in my life, yet seem to own about ten of them...)They are a good go-to learning pencil for teaching sketching techniques as they offer your students a statisfying line. I reccomend them usually to students who are experiencing the "fear of the paper" as they are soft, dark and glide over the paper easily. Making it easy to encourage students to really explore and connect with their surface.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Classic American Goodness
By Anonymous Writer
from Honolulu, Hawaii
Primarily a fountain pen user but read about this in Pencil Revolution. This pencil rocks as it provides a fairly dark line that is easily read. Lead is very smooth and holds its point quite well compared to the standard yellow pencil B. Wish I got this sooner.
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
For sketching, I find the General's Layout Pencil to be a superior choice! The feel is smooth and you can get a lot of different tones with it from light to dark. Plus you can't beat the price! It's similar to but not quite as dark as the old Sanford Design Ebony pencils (now discontinued). You can get some nice effects using the Layout pencil for overall drawing and then using a Prismacolor Ebony pencil for darkest darks. Paired with a General's Sketch N Wash pencil and a sketchbook & brush, you have all you need for a day of field sketching!
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