A problem I have with soft-lead graphite pencils is going too dark and making my drawings “muddy.” On the other side of the spectrum, hard-lead graphite pencils don’t go dark enough. Other problems with soft-lead pencils are they lose their points fast and the graphite smudges easily on the paper if I touch it. Still, this is one of my better drawings of Little Kisses, my first horse. She’s a Palomino Quarter Horse and a sweetheart. Looking back, I should have done this subject in color because of her creamy golden chestnut coat and white mane and tail.