I thought it was time I wrote something about my supplies. This post will be about my graphite drawing supplies, while another post will be about my painting supplies. I want to mention that I don't have many brand loyalties. I usually just use whatever Artist and Craftsman happens to carry.
For many years I've been using Strathmore paper. I use their 400 series line in which I buy both drawing and sketchbooks. Occasionally I'll use another brand, but 90% of the time, I'm using Strathmore for paper. Both of these contain 80lb paper, which I would consider my absolute minimum weight requirement for drawing paper.
When it comes to pencils, I'm kind of all over the place. I was using a brand called proart for a while and I still have a lot of their pencils. I've been been buying a lot of my new pencils from a brand called Koh-1-Noor, which is a Czech brand. I have both hard "H" pencils and soft "B" pencils. The B stands for blackness. I have a video on the proper use of both of these kinds of pencils. You can watch it here.
Of course we have to talk about erasers. Every artist needs at least two types of erasers. The first is a regular rubber eraser. I'm loving the magic rub one from Prismacolor.(Top) This is for erasing line work. The second is a kneaded eraser,(middle) so called because it can be kneaded, or reshaped to suit the artist's needs. I use the one from Prismacolor again. This type of eraser is not for actually erasing, but for lightening areas that are too dark. You lightly dab your drawing with it until you achieve the desired lightness. If you want fine detail in your work, I recommend getting a stick like eraser such as a tombow mono(bottom).
Of course I need a pencil sharpener. The one I'm using now is this torpedo shaped one. I'm not very picky about sharpeners, but I really prefer them to have a catch for the shavings. I hate those sharpeners without catches, because, you know, it's messy. Catches just keep things nice and neat.
Real quick I'm going to go over my extra supplies. First is a board to put my paper on while I'm working. The one I use is one my step-dad cut for me.
Next is some tape to fasten the paper to the board while I'm working. I also use this tape to fasten the glassine that I keep under my hand to keep the oils of my hand off my paper. I have to tape glassine down because I draw upright when I make my videos.
Lastly, like I said, I need some paper, such as glassine under my hand while work, so the oils of my hand don't get onto the paper.
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Painter of portraits and wildlife