This discussion provides an insight into the immense range and types of drawing media: charcoal, colored pencils, graphite, erasers, pastels, pens, markers, scratchboard, inks, drawing surfaces, drawing accessories, smudging tools, surfaces, and sketchbooks.
- It’s easy to be suspicious of “new” art supplies on the market, but keep an open mind!
- There is a lot more to graphite supplies than you think, see all the different forms graphite comes in.
- Charcoal is really great for loosening up your drawing style.
- Some supplies you can skip, or buy in a very cheap version.
- Work with an “army of erasers.” Each eraser has it’s own special talent, unique to itself.
- Working with the wrong paper can sometimes get in the way of having a good experience with a medium.
- Drawing with markers is a great entry point for painting.
- Working with a drawing material you can’t erase can get you to really deal with your drawing.
- Other supplies are worth paying for if you can.
- Soft pastels, oil pastels, crayons, and colored pencils vary tremendously from brand to brand.
- Get recommendations from other artists on what specific brands are like.
- There is no brand that is “the best,” it comes down to personal preferences.
Charcoal & Conté Crayon
- Molotow markers
- Sharpie paint markers
- Copic sketch markers
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens
- Tombow ABT PRO brush pens
- Faber-Castell Pitt Brush Pens, multicolor
- Ampersand wire brush
- Ampersand Scratchbord Tool Kit
- Ampersand Scratch Knife
- Etching Needle
- Sandpaper, fine grit
Crayon & Colored Pencil
- Caran d’ache Necolor I Crayons
- Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils
- Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Magnus Watercolour Pencils
- Crayola Crayons
- Staedtler white plastic eraser
- Faber-Castell Dust-Free Eraser
- Kneaded eraser
- General Factis Pen Style Eraser
Paper for Wet Media
Inks, & Pens
- Water Brush Pen
- Bic Ballpoint pen
- W&N Fineliner Fine Tip Pens
- Rapidograph pen
- Plastic Dropper
- Rapidograph pen refill
- Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens, black
- Tombow MONO Drawing Pen, 01
- Sakura Gelly Roll Pen, White
- Zebra Comic Pen, G Nib
- Tachikawa Comic Pen Nib Holder
- Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Ink
- Sketchmarker Alcohol Inks
Soft & Oil Pastels
- Rembrandt Soft Pastels
- Caran D’ache Neopastel Oil Pastels
- Terry Ludwig Pastels Basics Set
- Prismacolor NuPastel Set of 24
- Diane Townsend Pastel Set
Accessories & Knives
- Drawing board
- Permanent Spray Fixative
- Razor blades
- Utility Knife
- Cotton rag
- Pencil Extender
- Artist Chamois
- Black mat board
- Illustration board
- Unprimed basswood
- Ampersand Scratchbord
- Ampersand Claybord
- Bristol board
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