“Pencil is a wonderfully accessible medium. Anyone can find one quickly when they need to (a bit like that fact about how you are never more than 6ft from a rat).
It is a very versatile medium that allows you to be both expressive and precise.
There’s very little fuss with pencil – no prep time, you don’t have to wait for it to dry, there’s no clear up operation AND you can even rub it out. Simple and straightforward.”Hannah Longmuir, “Pencil Drawing: Materials “, 27 April 2020
And if you use a propelling pencil, you don’t even need a sharpener.