Jay C. answered 03/24/19
Blender, Adobe, Animation and Arts Teacher for STEM
Yes! My background is architectural drawing so I tend to rely on different weights of lead to avoid "stabbing the paper!" This is known as damaging the tooth of the paper.
I tend to draw very lightly so I go for the softer leads but for those that have a heavier hand I would recommend going with a harder lead weight. In addition I would recommend holding the pencil or graphite like a magic wand rather than an instrument for writing.
The magic wand posture is achieved simply by turning the drawing instrument upside down and making marks with it's edge rather than it's point. This technique is further useful if you learn to draw from the shoulder rather than from the knuckles.
I am going to make a video to help further understand how to sharpen and hold pencils for drawing.