Graphite pencil can be manipulated into expressing anything you can see or imagine, and here are the tools I use to do that.
- A. Sakura Cordless Electric Eraser – More expensive than some, but mine is over twenty years old and still runs fine. It’s lightweight and fits the hand well too.
Which ever brand you choose, pick up some eraser nib refills too. You’ll go through a lot of them at first.
- B. Lead Holder – I have several different brands of these now, but some of them don’t fit the Alvin point sharpener as well as others.
- C. Palomino, Staedtler Lumograph, and Derwent are the best wooden drawing pencils I’ve found. One brand’s B can be line another brand’s 2B, so it’s a good idea to get a set of leads of the same brand. A good range to begin with is 4B, 2B, B, HB, 2H, and 2B.
- D. Colour Shaper Tool – For very fine shading and lifting of graphite.
- E. Tombow Mono Zero Eraser – A stiff small eraser that is excellent for erasing small details.
- F. Tuff Stuff – Thicker than the Mono Zero, but a good eraser that can be cut into different shapes too.
- G. Kneaded eraser
- H. Blending Brush that I’ve cut into a rounded shape.
- I. Small blending brush that I’ve cut down.
- J. Sand paper block.
- K. Alvin lead sharpener.
- L. Palomino long point pencil sharpener – this is the best wooden pencil sharpener I’ve found. One hole sharpens the wood, and the other sharpens the lead. It makes a very long sharp lead point.