Besides drawing pencils and paper, these technical drawing tools will complete your list of drawing supplies. Some of them are necessities, while others are optional and a matter of personal preference.
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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.
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 remove from your drawing.
Kneaded erasers are incredibly useful 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.
Watch my video tutorial on 3 ways to use kneaded erasers for realistic drawing here!
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.
Learn how to sharpen drawing pencils the traditional way in this video!
This is another pencil sharpening tool. Once you have removed the wood encasing of a pencil with your razor blade, a sandpaddle sharpener can be used to complete the sharpening process by sharpening the actual lead of the pencil.
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
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 that you would like to re-draw.
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