Below is an older drawing made a few months ago with a thick graphite pencil, about 8B. It produces a different style of drawing and I'd come away at the end of the session with much dirtier hands!
It's funny how I felt drawn to a pointier and more delicate pencil today, maybe it's because the model is very fine and delicate to look at?
When I started out doing life drawing at art college, we were encouraged to use sticks of charcoal and to work on large pieces of A1 paper. These days I go to a 'Drop in and Draw' session which doesn't have a tutor and we can just get on with it in our own way. Perfect!