The first step towards making a good painting (or pretty much any type of art) is drawing. Drawing is something that is easy to do anywhere, and you can spend your entire life perfecting it. Also, the supplies are relatively cheap compared to painting or ceramics. If you are new to drawing here are some supplies I suggest.
The first thing you want is a good set of pencils. The #2 pencils you used in school are ok, but won’t give you as much control with your drawing. I have tried a lot of pencils. It’s one thing I make sure to get everytime I go to an art store. My favorite brand is Staedtler Lumograph. I probably use the 2B (which stands for the lead hardness) pencil the most. This is a great set of 6 pencils to start with.
Sharpeners and Erasers
You will also want to pick up some pencil sharpeners (electric or hand sharpener is fine) and erasers. I use kneaded rubber erasers, like this one, because they work really well and you can form the eraser into any size you want. I use these for making highlights in my drawings as well.
A lot of artists love to use charcoal. If you are a beginner I would stick with pencils at first because charcoal, although beautiful, is harder to control. And it can become a mess quickly if you don’t know what you are doing. Charcoal comes in a variety of ways, such as sticks or pencil form.
Ok, I love paper. Remember in elementary school when the teacher would pick someone to collect all the papers for the other students to give it to her/him? Yea, I loved that. I don’t know why but I loved holding all of those papers in my hands. I could talk about different types of paper out there all day, but for now, I’ll stick with the basics.
Newsprint is a type of paper everyone uses when he/she is just starting out. Basically because it’s cheap. I still use it when I’m trying to sketch something out but I don’t really what I'm going for yet. It’s a good type of paper to practice on. Not good for a finished drawing you want to sell.
Once I know I want to actually make a drawing I like to use Strathmore Drawing Paper. This is a good drawing pad. It comes in different sizes but I like the 11x14.
It’s also good to keep a sketchbook on you wherever you go. You never know when you’ll see something you want to make a quick sketch of to remember it. Drawing in person is always better than drawing from a photograph. There is a huge assortment of sketchbooks to choose from. Sketchbooks for mixed media are great because you can draw, paint, or glue things into it as well and they hold up longer. Look for paper that has a good thickness like this one.
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