What Supplies Do I Need To Start Drawing?


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Rachel Sharp Profile
Rachel Sharp answered
Drawing is a great hobby because it requires inexpensive supplies. If you have a pencil and a piece of paper, you can draw!

There is, however a basic group of supplies that will hopefully keep you inspired. You can buy a small sketchbook, some art pencils, a pencil sharpener and an eraser from an art supply store. Many artists prefer kneaded erasers. Artist pencils come in varying tones, which are denoted by the number on the side of the pencil. Lighter pencils have a number ending in H. Darker pencils have a number ending in B. The number refers to the shade of the pencil. Higher numbers mean the pencil is darker. For instance, 4H is darker than 2H. However, 2B is darker than 4H, because B is from the darker range.

It may seem a bit complicated but simply put, you only need a few pencils to begin - a 4H, a HB and a 6B will give you a good range of tones, which you can adjust depending on the amount of pressure you apply.

With these supplies, you will soon be filling your sketchbook. As you get more adventurous, you may want to explore other drawing media, like coloured pencil, pastels, or pen and ink.
Li Harrlow Profile
Li Harrlow answered
Depending on what you want to draw:

Sketch: You just need a piece of paper and a pencil. However if you want to go pro, then you can use several different types of pencils. E.g. HB is for the mail lines and detailed lines, which are easy to rub out of you make a mistake.
A 4B pencil will give you many tones of shading, and any pencil ending in H will give you very close detail.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Color pencils and an open heart
Sarah Gren Profile
Sarah Gren answered

Good tips Rachel! However, I liked the answer by Anonymous.

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