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.   

Check out my Basic Tools list for things I use in all my mediums.


  • Kimberly Pencils 3H – 8B Kimberly pencils are commonly known as “student pencils,” but I have created some beautiful drawings with them.  They are especially wonderful for creating rough textures (tree bark or coarse hair/fur.)
  • Derwent Graphic Pencils 9H – 9B  (A complete set) Wonderfully blend-able, creamy artist quality pencils made in England.  They have an incredible range of gradients!
  • Staedtler Mars Lumograph 9H – 9B ( A complete set of 20) These are wonderfully smooth, especially good for skin tones.
  • Staedtler Mars Lumograph Black Drawing Pencils 2B – 8B Carbon mix pencils.
  • Staedtler Mars Technico Lead Holders and Leads ( 2H, HB, 2B, 4B) used for precise details.
  • Faber Castell 9000 –  Wonderful dark, smooth graphite.  I highly recommend for portraits and wildlife!
  •  Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle – Water soluble graphite.  When activated by water you can create washes and lines which do not shine.
  • Prismacolor Ebony Pencils – for a deeper level of dark values. Not my favorite.
  • Derwent Onyx Pencils – for the dark graphite values.  Not as good as the Kimberly 9XXB or Lumograph Blacks.
  • Kimberly 9 XX B – For the blackest values with no graphite shine. (My new favorite!)
  • Charcoal Pencils, General & Derwent – Soft, medium and hard.  Charcoal can create a velvety, true black when needed.
  • General’s Layout Pencil 555 – A really nice dark pencil!
Drawing Tools, Erasers

  • Cotton Balls and Cotton Swabs (Q-tips) – Also good for blending and inexpensive.
  • Natural Chamois – Something new for blending I was given by a friend to try out.
  • 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.
  • Paint Brushes – Various sizes allow me to blend graphite without damaging the “tooth” of the paper.

  • Global Roll Up Pencil Case – I have two of these.  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 soluble pencils.  I Love them! ( I have the rose colored one and the denim blue.)

Drawing Supplies

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