Drawing Supplies

You don't need many drawing supplies to get started, as it is one of the most inexpensive art mediums available.

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Pencil, Eraser and Paper Are The Basic Drawing Tools Needed

getting started with supplies for drawing


HB graphite pencils have a medium soft lead and are overall good to begin with. When beginning, you won't need different densities of graphite pencils unless you are shading.

good eraser for drawing


A good eraser is an extremely important part of your sketching supplies!

The very best eraser to have is the "kneaded" eraser shown. Kneaded erasers are used in art schools, and for good reason. They are versatile and get the job done.

  • Shape them in any way.
  • Pull them apart when a smaller size is needed.
  • They don't hold graphite on them that transfers back to your paper.
  • They don't leave bits of eraser on your paper. 

No artist should be without one (or a few)! 

more advanced drawing supplies

If you plan on doing a lot of drawing, there are more advanced tools you may want to have.

mechanical pencil for drawing

Mechanical Pencils

There are a few reasons why this is a great tool to have for drawing.

The graphite can be sharpened in different ways and this allows for making lines from more subtle to bold.

Sharpening them with a sandpaper block allows you to make . . .

  • Thick, blunt ends for bold lines
  • Flat on one side for shading
  • Sharp, pointy ends for precise lines

mechanical sharpener for drawing

Mechanical Sharpener

The sharpener shown can be purchased for the mechanical pencil and is most commonly used. You just place the pencil in the hole on the top and twist around. It works great!

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Extra Lead

With time, the mechanical pencil turns out to be cheaper than buying the ones housed in wood.

They sure are a lot nicer to use!

Will I Eventually Need Other Sketching Supplies?

Well, it depends . . .

You will, if you plan on shading your drawings.

It can be helpful to have a variety of pencils, and even vine charcoal, to strengthen or lighten your shading. 

Stumps and tortillons are also helpful for blending.

Creating art and crafts builds new neural pathways in your brain and is a great way to keep your noggin healthy. Keep creating for optimal brain health!


~~~Samantha Mariah

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