Drawing Studio Supplies* - updated Monday, November 9, 2015
Wash pencils - Water soluble, soft, black graphite pencils. May be used wet or dry, or use dry then apply a water wash. The pencils are pre-sharpened.
Ebony pencils - The Ebony Pencil is for sketching, drawing, and layout, with thick, black, satiny-smooth graphite lead. Pencils are pre-sharpened.
Carbon pencils - The carbon pencil is the perfect combination of charcoal and graphite. It has a fine grain, and goes on smoothly and precisely in rich, velvety, matte black lines. Carbon pencils have a consistent softness, for superior blending and texture.
Charcoal pencils and sticks, vine and compressed, of various sizes - Charcoal is the black substance left over when wood is heated in the absence of oxygen.
Graphite pencils - There are about 20 grades available from 9H to 9B often called lead pencils
Mechanical pencils - Pencils with a plastic or metal case and a thin replaceable lead that may be extended as the point is worn away by twisting the outer casing. Some are made with Super Hi-Polymer Lead and come in various sizes.
Leadholders or Lead Holders - any durable instrument that is designed to hold lead and be refillable with pieces of graphite so that the graphite can be conveniently used for drawing or writing. These drop lead type pencils come in 2H, HB, 2B, 6B graphite leads with their holders and their corresponding sharpeners and specific lead pointer (one sharpener for each size lead)
Standard pencil sharpener
Portable Electric eraser - Sakura has been recommended as the best.
Sandpaper blocks for sharpening and electric eraser to a point and to keep a point on difficult-to-sharpen drawing pencils, charcoal, pastels, or crayons. Also for cleaning and sharpening blending stumps and tortillions.
Design 2000 white plastic eraser
Design art gum eraser
Kneaded erasers - grey, some available in colors
Pink Pearl erasers
Makeshift blending tools: fabric, facial tissue, makeup sponges/wedges, etc.
12-inch C-Thru brand ruler or other straightedge
Circle template - the tinier the holes the better
Sealed Drawing papers or sketchpads - Bristol board pad, very smooth drawing surface
Steady, firm drawing surface or board
Taboret - a place to store supplies
Reference photos (get copyright approvals/permissions from friends and relatives)
List of suggestions - of areas to paint or photograph outdoors - try shade and semi-shade areas
Soft brush with long handle to remove debris from drawing and drawing surface.
Fat Blending Brush - long handle - for very light blending
Set of paper stumps - points at both ends - for blending and smudging - can damage paper
Set of tortillions - for detailed blending and smudging - point at one end - can damage paper
Foam tipped blenders - a softer form of blending and smudging - doesn't damage paper
Paper Clip (extend for use) - insert into a tortillion to extend the tip to its original shape.
Fingers? - Never! - Leaves oil on the paper.
Chamois - for blending, smudging, erasing - creates the smoothest textures - use smooth side
Cosmetic sponges/wedges - for blending and smudging
Brawny cloth-like paper towel - for blending and smudging producing a rougher texture
White Felt Squares - 12 x 12 - reduce in size for use - Wal-Mart or K-Mart - roughest texture
Printer Paper - cut small pieces - brings out the texture of the paper under the drawing
3-inch soft dry paint brush - creates a unique effect when used for blending
Tracing paper pad - for protecting drawing - separating drawing hand from sketch
French curves - for drawing curvy lines you don't want to draw by hand
Erasing shields - metal, plastic, cardboard - consider making your own with sheets of acetate
File folder type acetate paper - for making custom stencils
Razor blades with single edge and scraping tools