what r the best sketching supplies that i can start out with?

do i use a sketch pad with charcoal and grafite

10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Oddly enough... walmart.

    I actually sell my work, and I still use stuff from walmart when I can. It's cheep, it's fairly good quality, and they have wonderful starter kits.

    The kit I recomend is the drawing kit. It comes with pencils, a gum eraser (which you simply MUST have) charcoal and some other odds and ends, plus a little how to booklet. That, along with a sketch pad, are basicly all you need to start.

    Don't overwhelm yourself when you first start. You want to start simple and add as you go. Get the basic kit, then maybe get some other suplies when you want to try something differant.

    Oh, and read. Read about drawing, read about anatomy, read about still life, read about painting and sculpting and any other little thing your heart desires to try. Look at what others have done, and try to imitate. Most people can not just sit down and start drawing and be Leonardo, most people have to get a few basics and pointers other places.

    Source(s): www.wetcanvas.com "Drawing on the right side of the brain"
  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    First, you gotta get better at drawing. Then, after that, you can start being creative with paint and charcoal. But $35 will TOTALLY not be able to pay for all those supplies. Plus, there are also different kinds of papers for what you want to draw. Like, say you wanted to do a watercolor painting. For the watercolor not to soak the page and to stay there, you can get water color paper. Its also good for drawing. There is even different kinds of pencils you can use. They are all different because they all vary on how dark they can shade. To become a better artist, you need to look at everything in a different way. Pay attention on all the detail. Look at both sides of an argument. Actually put life into a picture. If you can achieve that, you will totally be able to be a great drawer. But first, you gotta learn how to actually draw good....

  • 1 decade ago


    Hope this helps.

    You're going to want to start with really basic materials that aren't going to cost you a fortune. All of the things listed can be found at your average art supply store. In my opinion, you should most definately have:

    Bristol board (for drawings that you're pretty serious about finishing and refining, not just sketches). I prefer vellum bristol board (it's smooth but not too smooth, and it makes for a nice finished surface but is still good enough for really getting gritty.)

    A large pad of newsprint, for really drafty sketches. My favorite thing to use on this is charcoal pastels...very very messy!

    A sketchbook, for both writing down ideas and doodling... and more sketching, obviously!

    I like to experiment with a few different kinds of paper. Depending on your style, you might want to try some kind of paper with a torn edge, or a really coarse weave, or something with an unusual texture. This can also be found at art stores.

    Buying pencils and other materials and be confusing. I would stick to the following:

    -charcoal pastels; a set of plain black and a set of all values of white and gray.

    -charcoal pencils of all breeds, consistency, and brand. Try a few brands if possible to see what best fits your needs.

    -Graphite pencils of all breeds and consistencies.

    -I like to use Black cat ink for sketching. if you dip a stick in the ink bottle and draw with it, you can come up with some really cool looking stuff. Works well if you're thinking of doing any kind of nude drawing.

    -buy all kinds of erasers. Ask the employees at the art store where to find all of them. Buy one of each.

    -artist tape: for making borders around compositions. I prefer 1 inch tape. Tape all the way around your bristol board, and you'll have yourself a nicely framed piece when you're finished drawing.

    -A blending stick, for blending your pencil marks and for value shading.

    I also suggest the following:

    oil paints (really cool over charcoal!)

    strecthed canvas

    gesso (creates a nice working surface and cool texture.)

    acrylic medium (for transfers.) don't use wintergreen oil: not very safe!

    and i really like this orange pumice hand soap, I think it's called GLO JO or something, you can get it at most drugstores. it will help get the charcoal out from under your nails...icky!


    Hope that helps!!!! :) Happy drawing!

  • ?
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Get a variety... some charcoal, conte crayons, pencils, ink...Whatever drawing medium you use, make sure you have the matching paper. When you draw in chalk or charcoal you need a fixative (preferrably spray fix which comes in a spraypaint can) to put on it after you are done so that the dust doesn't smudge or wipe off entirely. Have fun! If you have any other q's email me

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  • 1 decade ago

    The best is to start with a book of blank paper and any pencil you can find (no extreme types). Even colored pencils help for shading/preliminary stuff. Then go out and draw anything and everything.

  • 1 decade ago

    A #2 pencil and a sketch pad from kmart...keep it simple to start.

  • 1 decade ago

    well depending on what you wana sketch just lined paper then when you know what you want to draw use very good paper and some charcole pencils that how i started off

  • 1 decade ago

    charcoal smudges a lot, so i think graphite would be better, but if u r using charcoal, and if u go 2 micheal's, there are sketchbooks for charcoal or graphite pencils, but i use graphite, and i think it's real good, but actually, sometimes i use a normal lead pencil, or a mechanical pencil...and u r also going to need a very good eraser for charcoal.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    For early work you can use hair spray for a fixitif. Save a bit of $$ at first.

  • 1 decade ago

    pencil and paper

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