Drawing Materials

Good drawings do not merely depend on skill and talent alone. The use of the right drawing materials also play a big part on how your drawings eventually come out. Here is a list of some of the basic as well as optional drawing materials that you should have with you before you begin sketching.

Pencil – The pencil is the most important tool that you will be using in drawing. But as with all tools, there are many pencils that you will have to choose from. Artist pencils are usually graded or classed into the type of lead that they are made of. A "B" pencil refers to a soft lead one while "H" pencils refer to those that use hard lead.

B pencils tend to easily smudge while H pencils are less likely to but are instead more prone to making indents on paper. These pencils are also numbered usually from one to five, from the softest to the hardest type of lead used. For general drawing, most people prefer using the HB or #2 pencil which is the standard as well as the most common type.

Paper – Along with the pencils that you will use, a good type of paper would also be needed. What most people try to make use and probably the best option would be regular printer paper. It is one of the most affordable and common drawing material that you can use. But if you plan to take your drawings a bit more seriously, then you might want to invest on sketch books or pads.

The paper used in these sketch books and pads are thicker and may be able to handle frequent erasures without getting ruined. Sketch pads come in various sizes, with 9"x12" and 10"x15" being the most common ones. Choose one that would work best for you.

Eraser – As you start drawing, you might experience some drawing mistakes that you would want to correct. This is where the eraser would come in handy. Instead of getting impatient and tearing up a drawing with every mistake, you can use an eraser to remove a mistaken line or two and correct them accordingly.

Ruler – A ruler will also come in handy especially if you are doing some technical drawings on the side. A ruler would especially be useful if you are drawing objects with straight edges such as buildings.

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