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Professional artists can put most of their skill down to that ‘creative spark’, They rely on inspiration and a talented hand to produce paintings, drawings and sketches that evoke emotion, tell a story or make a political point. We all know that before building a house, construction companies use blueprints first. This type of thinking relates to art/design. Prior to starting your masterpiece you need to get the image out of your head on a blank sheet of paper. From then on, that prototype can take the necessary steps to evolve into reality.

It all seems simple enough, but if you’ve ever tried creating a true piece of art with a piece of A4 printing paper and a typical school-quality pencil you’re sure to have experienced a less-than-spectacular result in a picture that might look dull or rushed. To be a true artist you need to work hard and to practice day after day, but you also need the appropriate drawing tools for the job.

Drawing Pencils

Drawing pencils come in a variety of widths and sizes, and are made by many brands. You can buy sketching and drawing pencils in a set, with various sizes coming in a tin, a case or a box, or you can buy drawing pencils individually to create a set of your own to suit your individual needs.

Many of the best artists recommend using a common HB pencil to lightly draw an outline, and then filling it in and creating the correct look and tone with a varied supply of pencils at your disposal. Different pencils can be used to create shade, definition or texture, and if you’re drawing a complex image there’s no doubt that you’ll bring many pencils into play.

Drawing Pens

Pens range from hard to soft, and whilst some create a sharp and crisp line, others will create a line that’s much more gentle and toned. You’ll want to experiment with various drawing pencils to see how they work for you, and to learn what each can be used for. Remember pens laugh at mistakes, so be sure to use them with time and patience.

Drawing Paper

Also consider buying professional drawing paper to give your image the correct look and feel. Typical office printing paper is great for basic sketches and for your practice, but rougher drawing paper can give your work volume and texture to create an overall more impressive look.

Taking the opposite approach, drawing paper that’s particularly fine will create a sharp, clear image allowing you to work in more depth and to treat each line with care and consideration. A smooth surface can be used to create a sketch that stands out from the page, whilst rougher drawing papers give feeling to your image.

Buy drawing paper in a pad to practice your skills without worrying about spending a fortune on supplies. When your work goes wrong you can erase it until you’re happy, and if things have gone too far wrong you’ll need to simply turn the page.

If you’re feeling ready to create a professional piece of art, you can buy drawing paper in individual sheets with a texture and thickness to suit. Finding the right professional drawing supplies and tools will take time. All artists are different, and you’ll need to experiment with a variety of brands and types before you find the perfect one. In the end, you’ll have a professional art kit that’s tailored to your style and ideal for every piece of work you do.

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Posted by Abbi Cox

This guest post was written by Abbi Cox of Phones 4u.

2 Comments

  1. wow this is very helpful, thanks!

  2. Wow, thank you for this informative article. I studied drawing at the Bobby Sands school of art and was finding it a laborious and unnecessarily complicated task to produce the necessary drawing materials.

    I’ll be sure to pass this on.

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