I just bought myself a Derwent 24 pencil set which as y'all know has 20 tones in all .... 9H down to 9B. My lecturer said to do it so i would realise the potential of them and practice increasing tonal sensitivity etc..... so i made a lil grid pattern showing the lightest to darkest i could get each pencil with a single direction of hatches (eg just the 1 diagonal). I think i'll find this very useful as a reference in future and will prolly print a copy to take with me in my sketchpad etc. So any noobs like me just starting.... get a good range of pencils like this and DO THE GRID... seriously it may seem boring at first but its very cool once you get the hang of doing it properly and will help y'all heaps.
And also, I'm trying to convince a major NON noob.. resident genius Axl to get herself a set of 9h-9b pencils as she's done soo amazingly so far with only a few from 2b-8b ( i think) and she could go astronomical with the greater range of tone possible with these.
Here it is.... keeping in mind that some of the lighter tones didnt' come out too well but i managed to get the lighest shade to barely be noticeable on teh paper.. there are no actual plain white boxes..... but i got really damn close!
9H-9B Pencil Set Gradation Grid Reference
Hope someone finds it useful