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A Handbook of Costume Drawing, 2nd Edition by Georgia Baker

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Chapter 2

Materials and Techniques

In learning about media for drawing and painting costume sketches, it is important to try varieties of media and find one you are comfortable using. It needs to be a style of drawing and rendering that you can use with speed, flexibility, and a high level of artistic skill. Below are some of the media with which you will want to be familiar.

Pencils

Sketching starts with pencils. It is important to start with a 4B or 6B drawing pencil and a pencil sharpener of some type. The softer leads of these pencils make drawing easier and more fluid. You need to keep your pencils sharpened so the line you draw is the line you want. To a beginner this may not seem important to the quality and accuracy of your drawing, ...

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