Thursday, March 19, 2020

Beginning Drawing: Materials

Beginning Drawing: Materials

Before we get started drawing, you'll want to gather some materials.

Pencils: I like to use an HB pencil for most of my drawing. It's the equivalent of a #2 pencil or a mechanical pencil, so if you have one of those, that will work perfectly.

Sharpener: You'll want a sharpener to keep your point sharp while you draw. Sharpen often! It doesn't need to be fancy or expensive. If you use a mechanical pencil, you're already set.

Eraser: A white plastic eraser and/or a kneadable eraser works best with drawing. Avoid the pink eraser at the end of your pencil or the pink pearl erasers as they will leave smudges and change the surface of your paper.

Brush: A paintbrush or feather you aren't otherwise using works well for removing eraser crumbs from your drawing without smudging.

Paper: Whatever you have will work. If you have a journal you've been putting off using, now is a good time to start it. If you have printer paper, that will work. Recycling paper is great too.

Light: A desk lamp that you can angle over your work surface will help with really seeing what you're drawing and let you see shadows that will give your drawing life.

In the next post, we'll be drawing a leaf. Pick one up outside and then wash your hands! :)

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