This is my second try at a Griffin/Gryphon. My first looked too much like a copy of a bird photo and won't be posted here. I decided to try a #2 pencil for that one. I liked it better than the mechanical .5 lead, but I had a harder time getting darker tones and sharp lines. So, I broke down and bought some sketching pencils. That is what I used for these. I am trying to make them look more realistic. I started drawing in mid-July. This is from mid-August. Again, I haven't figured out my scanner yet. The originall looks softer.