My Drawing Tools
I use simple graphite pencils and a few extra tools to create my artwork. Pencil can be manipulated into expressing anything you can see or imagine. Here are the tools I use.
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1/2" Angle Shader for filling and shading large areas.
X-Acto Snap-Off Blade Utility Knife for shaping eraser tips and other uses.
Paper Blending Stump
Kneaded Rubber Eraser
Alvin Rotary Lead Pointer to sharpen my leads. Make sure you get the model that works with your lead holder.
- F. Blow Bulb for blowing off loose graphite and eraser crumbs. The kind I use is meant for cleaning out technical pens, but there are cheaper alternatives. The kind of blow bulb used to blow dust off a camera lens works great, and a "snot sucker" for babies can be used to "blow" instead of "suck." Sorry to be so graphic about the snot sucking contraption, but they're cheap so it's something you needed to know. :)
- G. Type Writer Erasers are impossible to find now, but the
Perfection Eraser by Faber-Castell looks promising. The best thing about the original was that you could sharpen them in a pencil sharpener to a very fine point, and that's what this one is built for too. There are a few bad reviews about this eraser on the Dick Blick page, but it sounds to me as if those people would have had the same complaint about the original typewriter eraser. If you're trying to erase into thick graphite hatching, you'll have to remove some of the graphite first by tapping the area with a kneaded eraser or the graphite will smudge. This is true for any "hard" eraser because graphite is very slick. (It's even used as a lubricant.) A kneaded eraser is sticky and erases by lifting the graphite off the paper. So, remember to lift first, and rub second.
1/4" Angle Shader for detail shading.
Colour Shaper Tool - No. 2 Hard Chiseled tip for very fine shading and lifting of graphite.
Sanford Turquoise Lead Holder For 2mm Lead - I have several of these so I don't have to stop and change lead.
Staedtler Lumograph Leads are the best 2mm graphite leads around at the moment. Graphite lead varies from brand by brand and from year to year. One brand's B can be line another brand's 2B too, so it's a good idea to get a set of leads of the same brand. Blick carries Staedtler leads in 4B, 2B, B, HB, 2H, and 2B. That's a good range and you could draw nearly anything in any style with that set.
Sanford Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick - I switched to this eraser a while after I took the photo of my tools. It's a very good stiff, but not too stiff, eraser. It erases quickly and you can shape the end of it into a wedge or a point for erasing fine details.
- And don't forget to get a pack of refills
too. They're cheap. :)
Sakura Cordless Electric Eraser - More expensive than some, but mine is over fifteen years old and still runs fine. It's lightweight and fits the hand well too.
- Pick up a
box of erasers too. You'll go through a lot of them at first.
- M. An Emery Board or a
sandpaper block for sharpening the battery powered eraser, pencil tips, and to shape plastic or vinyl erasers for fine details.
I also use a magnetic drawing board that I built myself. (See how to use and build your own magnetic board here.)