Realistic Pencil Drawing: Introduction and Materials

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In this lesson series, we’ll take a look at some of your options for graphite pencils, paper surfaces, and erasers.

Lesson 1 - Pencils

In this lesson, we explore the different grades of graphite and different forms of graphite pencils.

Lesson 2 - Papers

In this lesson, we look at several options for paper surfaces for drawing with graphite.

Lesson 3 - Erasers and Blending

In this lesson, we take a quick look at the four main types of erasers and blending tools.

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    Buying art supplies can be a confusing thing for students as there are many brands to choose from and qualities within a brand. Trying to work with supplies that aren’t adequate is very frustrating.
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    • All the info I’ve found online about cleaning a blending stump says cut it with a knife or scrape it on sandpaper. Neither works well for me. Cutting with a knife ends up leaving a soft spot at the top that seems impossible to eliminate and no sharp point like they have when new. Scraping on sandpaper is a disaster, it just leaves the stump as a fuzzy mess.

      Any ideas on how to do this and get back the nice sharp point for detail work? thank you!

  3. I was looking for a smooth tooth paper similar to hot press wc paper, but less expensive for practice sketches. I ordered 100% bamboo cold press paper (JUVALE) sold on Amazon. Have you ever tried this paper? I’m able to get a full range of tones and seems to blend very well.

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