Smooth Bristol board or sheet, two-ply or heavier
This paper is very smooth (plate finish) and can withstand the rubbing associated with the technique.
5 mm mechanical pencil with 2B lead
The brand of pencil you buy is not important, since they all use the same lead. Although they all come with a HB lead, replace it with a 2B.
These are spiral-wound cones of paper. They are not the same as harder, pencil-shaped stumps that are pointed at both ends. Tortillons are better for the blending technique. Buy both large and small.
These erasers resemble modeling clay, and are essential to drawing. They gently “lift” highlights without ruining the surface of the paper.
Typewriter eraser with a brush on the end
These pencil-type erasers are handy because their pointed tips can be sharpened. They are abrasive and erase stubborn marks, but can also rough up the paper.
Horsehair Drafting Brush
These brushes will keep you from ruining your work by brushing away erasing debris with your hand and smearing your pencil work. They will also keep you from spitting on your work while blowing the erasing debris away.
Pink Pearl Eraser
These erasers are meant for erasing large areas and lines. They are soft and nonabrasive, and will not damage your paper.
Workable spray fixative
This is used to seal and protect your finished artwork. It can also be used to “fix” and area of your drawing, so building up layers of tone can darken it. The word “workable” means you can still work on your drawing after it has been sprayed.
Note: Never, never use hair spray, it will yellow your work in time and flake off; use this stuff on your hair.
It is important to tilt your work toward you as you draw, to prevent distortion from working flat. A board with a clip to secure your paper and reference photo will work the best. Drawing tables are great too.
This is a large, flat carrying case to hold your projects, paper, and drawing board. This is not to be confused with a presentation case that has acetate pages inside.
Note: Tight budget? Find whatever protective cover for your finished artwork so that it will not get damaged including the corners.
Art of Tackle Box
These are essential for carrying all of your drawing supplies.
You’ll need a ruler for graphing and measuring features.
Templates (stencil guides), both circle and ellipse
These are used for accurately drawing the irises and pupils of the eyes.
Lot’s of pictures
You will need these to practice with especially if you are a beginner.
Newspaper pictures are great since they are already scaled in black and gray tones.