How can I find out which pencil is dark shade and which one is lighter shade?
A ‘H’ is light and a ‘B’ is dark.
H grade stands for ‘Hard’ and they are good for shading. You can’t press on hard pencils or you will ruin your paper. Higher numbers on H pencils means the graphite gets harder and lighter.
B stands for ‘Black’. A 2B is a very user friendly pencil when you are learning to draw. It can give light or dark strokes, depending on the amount of pressure you use. Higher numbers on B pencils means the graphite gets softer and darker.
HB is in between a ‘H’ and a ‘B’.