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So You Want To Be An Artist - The Dos and Don'ts of Drawing Tools

Posted by Kathryn on July 29, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Being an artist is one of the best things that can really lead you into a future, and it is important that you have the right tools. But before you can jump in to using the big-boy pencils and markers, you must take baby steps and start small. I'll give you a list of what I started out with and what I'm using now.

- A #2 Pencil: Even a basic pencil is your best friend. Always keep this with you, even as a professional. 

~Tipsy: This may be your best friend, but they sure can break. Always keep a pencil sharpener nearby.

-Crayola Colored Pencils/Crayons: Everyone has started out with these! They have great pigment consistency and are wonderful to use. Even the crayons are like starting out with low-end pastels.

-Crayola Markers: Now these, I wouldn't really recommend. In my eyes, they're more good for a school project than becoming an artist.

-Bic Mark It! Color Markers: These are great! I've used these and I still do. They have great color consistency and I definitely recommend them.

-Prismacolor Charcoal: Ah ha! NOW we're getting somewhere! These are great for shading and include two brown charcoals and a white, along with other black charcoals of different texture that provide different shading.

~Tipsy: Charcoal may be great to use, but they stain on skin easily. It takes a couple washes to get it off. Be prepared to get your hands dirty.

-Copic Markers: THESE are the grand-daddy of coloring. These markers come in different letters/numbers (for example: COS1, COS2, and COS3 are different shades of cool grays, and keep going on till the darkest shade, COS9), and provide great shading to create the perfect drawing, like on Photoshop.


I hope this will help you for what to start out with on the path to becoming an artist!

Thanks, and stay spontaneous! ~Kathryn

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