A question I am often asked by artists is; “What supplies do I get?”
Well, every artist should be armed with an arsenal of art supplies. For starters you should have a ruler, pencil, sharpener, and eraser. These don’t need to be too fancy but the tools you create your art with should be a bit nicer if you are looking to be more professional in your art.
For starters; let’s talk pencils. Yea a number two pencil or mechanical pencil will get the job done but from what I’ve seen in the art world there are better graphites out there. Might I suggest a set of graphic medium pencils? My set includes a 6B, 5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, B, HB, F, 2H, 3H, and 4H. (Most people don’t use F so don’t freak if your set doesn’t have it.) “why do I need so many pencils?” Well you don’t NEED them but they are suggested over number two’s. Each pencil has a different hardness in graphite giving every pencil a unique shade. Instead of pressing harder to make a darker line you simply switch to a different graphite, this helps make your art look a bit cleaner. These pencils can be pretty inexpensive and easy to get your hands on, any art supply place should have a set. So, why not give it a try?
“Ok so now I know what grays to get but what about the colorful stuff?” As far as coloring in your work goes there are several ways to do it. Mediums I am familiar with and will chat about include; computer art, colored pencil, and markers. If you’d like information on paints please leave a comment so I can get some info for you.
Starting with computer art; my very artistic friend, Cat, and I would both recommend a Wacom tablet. These tablets are very easy to use and paired with a good app can help you create amazing digital art. Unfortunately I can’t give you a price since our tablets were passed down to us by our dads but they might be a bit pricy. Be sure it’s what you want to do before spending the money.
Colored pencils; recommended by my art teacher, Cat, and myself, I give you prisma colors. They’re a bit pricy unless you get them on sale but they’re great pencils. Known for their ability to blend they help to create beautiful works of art. I, sadly, haven’t had the chance to use them myself but I’ve seen the art created with them and it is outstanding. Unlike Roseart, Crayola, or other cheap brands these create smooth clean color instead of grain waxy stuff. I am stuck with Crayola and Roseart, don’t buy them. Period.
Finally I will end with markers; the number one marker recommended by professional artists would have to be Copics. These incredible things are very pricy but help to create clean beautiful art. These markers are know for their ability to blend (same reason people like prisma colored pencils, it’s all about the blend). Look up any professional artist on Yourube or other social media sites and you’ll probably find a lot of them use copic or would like to buy some. If you have the money, get them.
That’s all for this post, if you want other tips/have something specific in mind feel free to comment. Thanks for reading!