With just a piece of paper and a pencil, you can draw almost anywhere, anytime. Although there is an ever-increasing range of materials available to you, it’s best to start with only the basics; you can expand your collection as your skills develop. Here you’ll find information about some basic materials that are good for beginners. Try to purchase the highest-quality materials your budget will allow, as these provide the best results. There is nothing more frustrating than being limited by scratchy pencils or paper that tears!


Pencils Soft pencils (labeled “B”) produce strong, black tones; hard pencils (labeled “H”) create ...

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