Many people wonder what I use to create my drawings.   I use a number of tools in the creation of my work.

I’ve collected quite a bit over the years and have some old favorites as well as some new discoveries.

I’ve linked many of my supplies to either Blick Art or Amazon, for each item.  Although I am an affiliate for Blick Art, none of the Blick links below have my affiliate code, and I will receive no compensation for you buying from these links.


Preliminary Tools
  • I begin with a good reference photo.
  • My laptop computer and PaintShop Pro.  I use these to create black and white copies of photos and photos with grids.


Papers, Boards, Rulers, Tape




Drawing Tools, Erasers, Sharpeners


  • 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!
  • Paint Brushes – Various sizes allow me to blend graphite without damaging the “tooth” of the paper.
  • Gray Scale & Value Finder – Useful for finding the right values on both the reference photo and the drawing.  Sometimes your eyes deceive you when it comes to gray scale values.
  • Accurasee Proportional Divider – These are helpful for checking placement and sizes.



  • 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 keep all my Staedtler pencils & clutch pencils in this.  Love it! ( I have the rose colored one.)