:D :D :D :D
do you have any idea how much squishy goodness it makes me feel that somebody actually *followed* my suggestions and it looks that awesome? because, it does, you know.
PS: the harder the lead, the harder it is to erase, but the lighter it is. if all you want for the end product is a *scan* then go for a very hard lead that will be very light. then upon inking and scanning you can completely remove any leftover pencils through a curves adjustment. HOWEVER, if you want to look at the end product in person and such, use a softer, darker lead (like a mechanical pencil or even softer) with light loose strokes. it *will* cause some of your ink lines to be lost after being erased on, but you should be passing over your inks at least a second time anyway.
*end art major rant*
I actually picked up some 2H pencils at the art store yesterday. They're actually quite easy to erase on bristol - I guess because the surface is so smooth, the pencil comes right off, as long as I don't dig into it when I draw. Whereas the softer mechanical pencil (a basic disposable Bic) got too smudgy and soaked up by the bristol, and was more difficult to erase.
And passing over my inks a second time is such a pain! But it does make it look a lot better on the physical piece...
art is pain.
get used to it.
oh, arent i just so trajique! *faints*