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Five Ways to Use MONO Drawing Pencils Beyond Drawing – Tombow

Let’s talk about Tombow’s MONO Drawing Pencils. They are artist-grade drawing pencils that come in several degrees ranging from 6B-4H. Below are five ways to use the MONO Drawing Pencils other than drawing. 


Choosing a Pencil: 

The Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil Set has a pencil degree for every project. The H pencils have a harder and lighter lead. They’re great for consistent hard lines and light sketching. The B pencils have a softer and darker lead. They’re great for pencil calligraphy, drawing and shading. The F pencil holds a point nicely and creates consistent and dark lines. 

Pencil Calligraphy

If you are interested in brush calligraphy, pencil calligraphy is a great place to start! Using a pencil to complete your drills and master the pressure needed to create thin and thick strokes is a great way to build muscle memory. The muscle memory will easily translate to brush calligraphy when you’re ready to graduate to the Dual Brush Pens! 

MONO Drawing Pencils 2B-4B are great for pencil calligraphy. They are soft enough to hold a point for a while and can also show variation in pressure.

Composition Planning

When starting a composition, it’s good to create thumbnail sketches. Doing so can help challenge you to be more creative. The F MONO Drawing Pencil is excellent for composition thumbnails. It holds a point, draws dark lines, and easily erases.

Finished Lettering Composition 

In addition to planning compositions and pencil calligraphy, the MONO Drawing Pencils are also great for creating finished lettering compositions. The entire degree range can be used for this technique. In the picture below, MONO Drawing Pencil 2H was used to sketch the piece, F to outline the letters, HB for the drop shadow, and 2B and 6B for shading the words “something else.”  

Drop Shadow for Dual Brush Pens

Aside from entire compositions, MONO Drawing Pencil 2B is excellent for adding a drop shadow to Dual Brush Pens . It gives an interesting texture that you can’t get with the smooth ink from a Dual Brush Pen.

Embellish Lettering

You can use MONO Drawing Pencils to embellish other lettering projects too! They can be used for anything from adding drawn embellishment to shading the letters to create ribbon lettering. The options are truly endless!

This post was originally authored by Grace Myhre and appeared on

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