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Dixon Ticonderoga Black Review

Dixon Ticonderoga Black Hb 2

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The Ticonderoga Black pencil is one that I have been using to draw since I was in high school. I wasn’t quite satisfied with the erasers on the regular Ticonderoga pencils and I was looking for something new that would still be budget. Once I found the Black pencils I instantly fell in love. They retain the hardness of writing pencils and the eraser is slightly stiffer than the regular Ticonderoga. This means that it will not leave as much debris on your paper. This is essential when dealing with sketch paper as you won’t have to touch your paper as often to remove pieces of your eraser.

The line work is very smooth using these pencils. This is due to using HB 2 graphite. Its a nice medium hardness and allows for a lot of control. if you are not satisfied with the blacks though; I would recommend trying the regular yellow color Ticonderoga. Both are very good quality pencils for writing or sketching. Most importantly though, is that they are so cheap! You can get 96 on Amazon for only $20! That’s more than I go through in a year!

Example: Dixon Pencil

What is Manga?

Manga is essentially just the Japanese word for comics. Outside of Japan it means comics that originate from Japan. But within Japanese culture, Manga will just mean any type of comics including Marvel and DC. This is very similar to how Anime refers to any type of animation. Not just Dragonball Z or Sailor moon that almost all people in the US can recognize as being an embodiment of what traditional Anime looks like.

While Manga does mean literally any type of comic to people in Japan. To people from the west, Manga differs greatly from what they are used to. The art has a very Japanese feel to it. with exaggerated body features (the big eyes being the one people are probably most familiar with) and many referencing Japanese culture that might not make sense to outsiders.

Even the reading style is different. Traditionally people in the west read from left to right. But in Japan, this is reversed! This may disorient some people. (And actually drove a few of my friends away from reading manga)  But I feel that if you stick through a few books, you will have no trouble adapting.

Manga is truly my favorite form of art. Whether  it is the big eyed gushy romance of Shoujo. or the highly stylized over-the-top action of Shonen. They all take a tremendous amount of skill to draw and allow a level of creative freedom that I could not find when I was studying American comics. I love manga so much That I’ve decided to base my career around it. With faith that one day I will hold my own published manga in my own hands!

Throughout further blog posts I will go into different types of manga and begin to create tutorials. I hope everyone will have as much fun as I will and I look forward to seeing where this journey will take me!