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Art Supplies: Brush Pen

Replicates the look of a brush with ink, but without the mess. Very portable, neat,  and convenient. Can be mixed with a blending brush for gradients.

Art Supplies: Caran d'Ache Neocolor I Crayons

Not water soluble. Rich, vibrant colors. Does not erase. Slightly harder than Neocolor II.

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Art Supplies: Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Crayons

Water soluble. Rich, vibrant colors. Looks like watercolor when painted with wet brushes. Softer than Neocolor I, if it’s humid can get really soft and smeary in your hands.

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Art Supplies: Charcoal Pencil

Excellent for drawing details. Difficult to erase. Sharpen with a razor blade or knife. Available in hard, medium, soft

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Art Prof, Art Supply Encyclopedia: Conte Crayon

Not as messy as charcoal, but not stiff like pencil. Can be smudged with your fingers, but isn’t as fragile and powdery as charcoal. Comes in black/white/oranges/browns.

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Art Supplies: Compressed Charcoal

Can be erased, but you’ll never get back to the white of the page. Dark, velvety rich blacks. Draw with the side for broader marks.

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Art Supplies: Copic Marker Refills

A great investment; each cartridge of ink lasts a very long time. Not made with lightfast dye, therefore will fade over time, especially when a drawing is placed in a sun lit area.

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Art Supplies: Copic Sketch Markers

Double sided marker: one side is a chisel tip, the other is a soft brush tip. Can be refilled. Blend and layer beautifully with each other. Not made with lightfast dye, therefore will fade over time, especially when a drawing is placed in a sun lit area.

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Art Supplies: Crayola Crayons

Affordable crayons. Come in packs with tons of different colors. Can be melted and applied many ways if you experiment! A permanent drawing material, cannot be smudged.

Art Supplies: Eraser Stick

Terrific for erasing very small areas. Refills are available. Don’t push out the eraser too far, it will become hard to use.

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Art Supplies: Kneaded Eraser

Best for subtle changes in tone. Self-cleans when stretched out.  A relatively “weak” eraser compared to others, therefore doesn’t erase large areas effectively. Malleable and can be formed into any shape.

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Art Supplies: India Ink

A beautiful, rich ink. Can be used with a brush, a bamboo pen, a nib pen and more. Waterproof. Can be watered down to create a range of gradients.

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Art Supplies: Permanent Fixative

Spray over drawings in a dry media for protection. Very toxic!!! NEVER spray indoors, unless you have a spray booth ventilation system. Slightly darkens your drawing.

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Art Supplies: Alvin Tech-Matic Lead Holder

The lead in a lead holder is thick, and therefore can be carved into a specific shape. Terrific for casual sketching, has more versatility than a mechanical pencil.

Art Supplies: Molotow Markers

Works on seriously any surface. Extremely high in pigment, creating very bold and strong strokes. Can be used to create opaque layers of color.

Art Supplies: Non-Photo Blue Pencils

Staedtler is the best brand, most other brands are very poor quality. Disappears when photographed or scanned. Excellent for artwork that is intended to be reproduced, such as animation, comics, etc.

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Art Prof, Art Supply Encyclopedia: oil bars

Oil paint in a stick, but much thicker & tackier. Excellent for painterly effects that are not so runny. Any surface you use oil bar with has to have a primer on it.

Art Supplies: Oil Pastels

Bright, vivid colors that are greasy & thick. Can be scraped w/ a knife or smeared w/ fingers. Works well on paper or canvas.

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Art Supplies: Papermate Flair Felt-Tip Pen

Inexpensive pen. Smudges a lot, is not archival. Creates a nice flat, heavy shape of black.

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Art Supplies: Prismacolor Col-Erase Pencils

Has a crisp point & shades very well. Good for an under drawing. Used by professionals in animation & comics industry.

Art Supplies: Pencil Extenders

Extends the length of your pencil when it’s too short to hold. Keeps you from having to throw out half used pencils.


Art Supplies: Rapidograph Pen

Reusable, can be filled with any type of ink. Comes in a wide variety of line weights. Excellent for achieving a very clean, consistent line.

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Art Supplies: Ruling Pen

Fills with a tiny bead of ink. Lets you create a thin line of ink along the side of a ruler.  Great for drawing straight, neat lines for comics panels

Art Supplies: Tracing Paper

Transparent paper, can be used for tracing, sketching, drawing, animation, and more! Tape down before using so you don’t lose your place. Available in pads and rolls.

Art Supplies: Tombow Mono High Quality Drafting Pencil

Doesn’t smear much, has a crisp & sharp line. Great for fine details as well as shading and a softer edge.

Art Supplies: Vine Charcoal

Terrific tool for sketching. Very easy to erase. Easily damaged, and therefore is not good to use for the vast majority of your drawing. Will always be lighter than compressed charcoal.

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Art Supplies: Pentel Water Brush

Great companion to water soluble markers. Create effects that look similar to watercolor. Very portable and convenient.

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Art Supplies: White Plastic Eraser

Strong, stiff eraser for clearing out big areas. Never needs to be cleaned, no matter how black it gets.

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