Introduction to Drawing Supplies

Learning to draw and paint is a combination of mastering techniques and using the correct materials. Understanding the basics can prevent a lot of frustration later.

Selecting Drawing Paper

Paper Texture

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Drawing paper is one of the most important aspects for hassle-free drawing. To create a wide range of tone (areas of light to dark) in a drawing, artists build up graphite in layers. The surface of the paper must have a “tooth,” or texture. The tooth of the paper creates hills and valleys that collect graphite. As layers are applied to the paper, it becomes darker. If the paper is too smooth, the graphite has ...

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