Stage 1 :: preparing :: pencil testing

This is basic pencil "testing", to find my favourites. I discovered that I don't like charcoal, I cannot stand the touch of charcoal (as well as chalk) and it was unpleasant to use it on paper.

On the other hand, it was a pleasure to use graphite, some pencils have an almost unctuous texture. I prefer softer pencils and my favourites were 2B, 3B and 4B.