Drawing Supplies

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ArtSupply offers a wide assortment of drawing supplies for the professional artist as well as the student and classroom. Our drawing supplies range from the simple 2h pencil, to pencil sets, charcoal graphite and fixitive supplies. We also have a full range of pose-able manikins for drawing studies and conte,blending stumps,proportional wheels, erasers,color pencils etc.. also look to our drawing paper department for the surfaces you want to draw on.


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    Graphite Pencils


    Regular Pencils...like the standard No2 you used in school, but so many more numbers, which means hardness which means how faint or heavy the line is. Drawing pencils....

    Graphite Pencils

    Pencil Sets


    Graphite Pencil sets for Artists. A nice collection of different pencil sets.

    Pencil Sets

    Graphite Sticks


    Graphite Sticks for drawing and sketching, General's and Art Alternative brands.

    Graphite Sticks

    Conte Crayons


    Conte Crayons, the classic drawing tool for the classical sketch and under drawing.

    Conte Crayons

    Mechanical Pencils


    ALVIN Mechanical Pencils Three types of mechanical pencils, individual and in sets.

    Mechanical Pencils

    Pencil Sharpeners


    Standard hand held pencil sharpener to the old school crank to electric pencil sharpeners from Panasonic and Boston.

    Pencil Sharpeners

    Blending Stumps


    Blending stumps, tortillions, and chamois cloth for blending charcoal, graphite and pastels.

    Blending Stumps

    China Markers


    The grease pencil, a wax writing tool also known as a wax pencil, china marker, (or chinagraph pencil in the United Kingdom), is made of hardened colored wax and is useful for marking on hard, glossy non-porous surfaces.

    China Markers

    Erasers


    Pink Pearl, Kneaded Erasers, Erasing Shields, Refills for Eraser Pens

    Erasers

    Dusting Brushes


    Constructed of soft, sterilized 100% horsehair, soft and useful for many applications.

    Dusting Brushes

    Porportional Wheels Scales


    Provides a number of times of reduction as well as percentage of enlargement or reduction for photos, artwork and layouts.

    Porportional Wheels Scales

    Protractors


    Protractors are often used in architecture and mechanical drawing to measure and draw precise angles.

    Protractors

The Art of Illustration

Watching this sweet video produced by PBS called The Art of Illustration gave us the idea to talk a bit about, well, the art of illustration. While more illustration is being created in tandem with digital methods, as the video describes, much of illustration is still done with typical artistic tools. Watercolors, oils, and acrylics remain popular mediums for illustration artists.

Drawing is also a standard form of illustration but any of a number of drawing supplies can be used. Copic sketch markers, for instance, are great for drawing comics. Pigma Micron brush marker pens also are excellent for illustrations.

And obviously with all that drawing and painting, you have to consider paper, too. Watercolor paper can be used for dry mediums, though it is suited for acrylics and mixed media, too. Watercolor paper typically comes in sheets, blocks, or pads. Similarly, don't forget that your awesome illustrations will most likely start out as some sort of sketch. Numerous sketch books can help you get your vision onto paper. Similarly, drawing pads can be useful for illustrators. Also good for sketching, drawing, and just doodling are newsprint pads.

You may want to set up a drafting table with a comfortable chair as your illustration station. Having a regular space to work that is set up for your specific purpose is always helpful.

And finally, once your illustrations are finished, keep them safe in a portfolio or long-term in a flat file.


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