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Detail of Claude Monet painting
Detail of Claude Monet painting
Detail of Claude Monet painting

Technical Drawing Tools

Besides drawing pencils and paper, these technical drawing tools will complete your list of drawing supplies. Some of them are necessities, and some of them will just make your life easier (or at least your drawing)!

Essential drawing tools

Drawing board
Drawing Board

Invest in a solid, sturdy, inflexible surface to draw on. My favorite drawing boards are made by a brand called Helix. They are very lightweight, approximately 5/8", and can be found at your local art store.

Artist tape
Artist Tape

To attach drawing paper to your drawing board, you can use clips or artist tape. Artist tape is acid-free, so will not eat through your paper, or leave a sticky residue (unlike regular tape!)

Drawing clips
Drawing Clips

Many consider drawing clips to be the better choice for adhering drawing paper. They are easier to remove than artist tape, which can definitely be nerve-racking to take off of your drawing.

Kneaded erasers
Kneaded Erasers

Kneaded erasers are awesome technical drawing tools that can be molded into any shape to perform many different functions. Whether you need to erase a single dot, or lighten a large area, kneaded erasers are your go-to guys.

Razor blade for sharpening a drawing pencil
Single-Edge Razor Blades

The traditional way to sharpen a pencil does not include using the common pencil sharpener. Instead, we use single edge razor blades to create much more efficient and effective drawing pencils.

Sandpaddle sharpener
Sandpaddle Sharpener

This is another pencil sharpening tool. Once you have removed the wood encasing of the pencil with the razor blade, the sandpaddle sharpener is used to sharpen the actual lead of the pencil.

Learn how to sharpen a pencil the traditional way here! (Coming soon)

Useful and recommended, but optional drawing tools:

Pencil extender
Pencil Extender

When your pencil has been sharpened down to a little stub and is no longer comfortable to hold or draw with, place it in a pencil extender to extend its life and continue drawing!

Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick
Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick

This white eraser is perfect for those times that you were a little too heavy handed, and your kneaded eraser just isn't lifting off some of the dark lines you would like to re-draw.

Blending Tools

A cheap bristle brush makes a great blending tool
Bristle Brush

Of all the blending tools made for drawing, the one I use consistently is an inexpensive bristle brush. It's very useful for evening out values, especially when used in conjunction with vine or willow charcoal, as I do in the sphere drawing tutorial.

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