Essential Drawing Materials And Tools For Beginners


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Good drawing materials and tools are essential for beginners to learn correctly. When we start with sketching, we tend not to pay any heed to the material we use. A pencil and paper might seem like enough. However, as you grow older, it becomes increasingly clear what it means to have the right tools and materials. Quality materials are to your art, what food is to the human body. If you do not put the best of it to use, your output will be sub-par despite your best efforts. So let us look at the essential tools that beginners must have to learn drawing well.

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Essential Drawing Materials And Tools For Beginners

Drawing Materials And Tools For Beginners

1. Pencils

The most basic tool is a pencil. An excellent quality pencil is what makes your drawing great. It might take a while to figure out what kind of pencil is your best fit. There are pencil sets available in the market. These sets contain a vast array of pencils, ranging from hard to soft graphite. The harder the graphite, the lighter the marks they make. Softer graphite can give you stronger marks, and some people prefer these over the harder pencil. However, soft graphite needs frequent sharpening and runs out faster. 

2. Sketchbook

Another crucial material in the preparation process of an artist is his or her sketchbook. An ‘active’ sketchbook that gives you plenty of practice is very important to be a good artist. One cannot get good at drawing without getting a lot of practice and exhausting several sketchbooks.

3. Drawing Surface

The quality of your drawing largely depends on the kind of quality of drawing surface you are using. There are a few factors to be considered when picking a drawing surface-

  • The ‘tooth’ or texture of the surface. If the feel of your drawing medium is coarse, the outcome will be different from when the texture is smooth. What works for an artist best is dependent on the artist’s preference. That might not necessarily mean one type is better than the other.
  • The weight of the paper also plays into the quality of the drawing. The heavier the paper, the thicker it may be. Thicker paper is usually considered better for drawing.
  • The paper should be ‘acid-free’ which means it will not get discolored or ‘yellow’ over time, and the drawing will not fade with UV rays exposure.
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Essential Drawing Materials And Tools For Beginners

Some Other Materials

4. Eraser

Contrary to popular belief, an eraser does not only erase but can also be an excellent marking tool. Different types of erasers are available that can serve different purposes. You need to plan which one to get.

  • Rubber eraser literally ‘rubs’ marks off your drawing material.
  • Kneaded erasers are softer and can erase marks without harming your drawing surface. However, they can be pressed into different shapes and can work as a useful marking tool too.
  • Gum erasers can remove strokes while causing minimum harm to your drawing surface since they ‘crumble’ in the process.
  • Vinyl or plastic erasers are the toughest and can erase almost anything. However, they can damage your surface or even tear it.

5. Sharpener

An excellent sharpener is another crucial drawing tool. It must be able to sharpen your pencils without breaking or damaging the graphite. There are both manual and electric sharpeners available in the market. 

6. Color Pencils

Just like graphite pencils, the quality of your drawing pencils makes a considerable difference to your drawing and output. There are several available brands to choose from. It will be best to try a few brands each time so you can determine which you like the best to work with.

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