Laura Eddy
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My Favourite Drawing Items [Reloaded]

So as we know, time changes everything! As I've been drawing for longer now and tried a few new tools here and there, I have a new favourites list. Some items are around for the long haul, and there are a few newbies that have made the list.

I have collected links where you can purchase each of the items below.

The List:

  1. Staedtler Barrel Sharpener - View product
  2. Staedtler Mars Micro 0.5mm Mechanical Pencil - View Product
  3. Tombow Mono Zero Eraser Round - View Product
  4. Staedtler Mars Lumograph Graphite Pencils - View Product
  5. Staedtler Mars Lumograph Black Pencils - View Product
  6. Paper stump (Smudger/Blender) - View Product
  7. Tissues
  8. Staedtler Eraser - View Product

The Breakdown

  1. Staedtler Barrel Sharpener - Pretty standard. I like that it has a barrel to avoid mess.
  2. Staedtler Mechanical Pencil - I use this for all small details / textures, such as hair or eyes where it needs to have a sharp, clean edge. If there is a darker area, I will outline with this first and fill in with a darker pencil. 
  3. Tombow Mono Zero Eraser - One of my favourites! I absolutely love this teeny tiny eraser - it has a 2.3mm round tip and is perfect for hair and highlights or if you've made a teeny tiny mistake and don't want to erase half your drawing when you're trying to fix it. Would definitely recommend.
  4. Staedtler Mars Lumograph Graphite Pencils - My standard run of the mill go-to pencil. I generally use the 2B (for rough outlines), 4B (for general darkening) and 8B (when I really need to emphasise the dark areas).
  5. Staedtler Mars Lumograph Black Pencils - This is a new addition. On a recent piece I was struggling to get the black areas 'black enough'. I was kindly recommend these pencils and they have done the trick. They are much more 'intense' than your standard 8B graphite pencil. I find they work best on top of an already shaded 8B area as they add that extra bit of contrast and depth, however if I use them by themselves they can be a bit scratchy.
  6. Paper stump (Smudger/Blender) - I use this on every section of every drawing. You can pick one up from your local art shop (one would hope). It softens your lines and you can then clean them up with the mechanical pencil and the Tombow eraser. It can take a while to wear new sticks in - they get better the more you use them. I have recently bought a new one as my old one is a wee bit bent, however I can't bring myself to throw it away as it gives a more smoother result.
  7. Tissues - Another 'tool' for smudging. It helps to make a great base for darker areas and gives you a silky smooth finish. First you shade and then you smudge. Shade, smudge, shade, smudge...
  8. Staedtler Eraser - Matchy matchy. Does the job. Doesn't leave smudges.

What are your favourite items? Do you dislike any that I have listed? Let me know your thoughts!