When starting the preliminary drawings for any project it is best to keep the lines light and sketchy. A 2H pencil hardness is ideal for this. This is one thing I have definitely learned over the years that has greatly impacted my design and the process of which I work. When I was in high school there was a fellow artist's work that I admired for the skill and and overall style his pieces possessed. While watching him work one day I noticed he only used two or maybe three different pencils on his pieces: a 2B pencil and.