These are the basic tools I use no matter what medium in which I am working.
- I begin with a good reference photo.
- My laptop computer and PaintShop Pro. I use these to create copies of photos and photos with grids.
Papers, Boards, Rulers, Tape
- Glassine This is what I use to place over my drawings to protect them while I draw, resting my hand on the glassine.
- Good quality drawing paper. I will mention my specific papers on the individual mediums lists.
- An aluminum straight edge. I have two ( 18 inch and 24 inch ) which are used for measuring the drawing paper and creating a light grid.
- Drawing boards. I use the Richeson Drawing Clip Board and Blick Sketch Pad Boards. This allows me the freedom to sketch and draw any where.
- Blick White Artist Tape – PH Neutral tape to tape the paper down to the drawing boards. It helps to keep the edges clean and the papers flat.
Blick Studio Sketchbox Table Easel – This handy easel makes it easy for me to sit anywhere while I draw.
Drawing Tools, Erasers, Sharpeners
- Aluminum Pencil Extenders. Very handy when your pencils begin to get too short to hold.
- Royal Langnickel Soft Grip Stylus & Embossing Set – These are for using the indentation technique. I use them for white whiskers, hairs, feathers & other small details. *This link takes you to Art Supply Source website.
- Tortillons / Paper blending stumps – For blending.
- Cotton Balls and Cotton Swabs (Q-tips) – Also good for blending and inexpensive.
- Accurasee Proportional Divider – These are helpful for checking placement and sizes.
- Kneadable Eraser – for lifting graphite off the paper gently.
- Tombow Erasers – Ultra-fine 2.3mm round and Mono Zero 2.5mm x 5mm rectangular. These are used for “negative drawing” and fine detailing.
- General’s Factis Magic Black Eraser – Specifically designed for erasing graphite and charcoal it is also recommended to use on colored surfaces such as Canson Mi-Teintes, Strathmore Artagain & Toned papers and Stonehenge toned papers.
- General’s Factis White Vinyl Eraser – A good all purpose, dust free eraser.
- Staedtler Mars Plastic Block Eraser – LOVE this one!
- Faber-Castell Perfection Eraser Pencil – Learned about this one from Lisa of Lachri Fine Art. I purchased the one with the brush end. It is AMAZING!
- Derwent Battery Eraser – Another excellent tool for negative drawing! Especially nice for white whiskers.
- Sharpeners – various pencil sharpeners including a sandpaper block for a few of my pencils. I should add I also keep an Exacto Knife in my case for pencil sharpening, eraser cutting and anything else I might need.
- Helix A5 Sharpener – An incredible sharpener which allows you to sharpen your pencils according to 5 different settings. Setting #5 gives you an amazing long point!
- KUM Magnesium Wedge Sharpener – Specifically used for my Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils.
- Alvin Brass Bullet – Specifically used for my Prismacolor Premier Soft Core colored pencils.
- Large ArtBin – I can keep all my tools together. (My 3 tier ArtBin is over 20 years old, they have updated ones now.)
- Small ArtBin Sketch Pack for traveling with a few tools.
- Global Roll Up Pencil Case – I use one to keep all my Staedtler pencils & clutch pencils in this. The other is for my Faber Castell 9000 pencils and my Faber Castell Aqualla water souluable pencils. I Love them! ( I have the rose colored one and the denim blue.)
Tools for Specific Mediums
The links below will take you to the tools I use for specific mediums.