Choosing Cheap Art Supplies For Pencil Drawing

Choosing Art Supplies | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial The first thing we need to do before we go any further and learn how to draw portraits is to find what we need and where to get cheap art supplies.

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With so many choices and brands it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start withfinding cheap art supplies, and in this economy when so many small businesses including arts and crafts shops are closing every day, it’s not even like you can pop down to your local high street for a browse and to learn more about what you do and don’t need.

Narrow Your Search Down

The good news is to start pencil drawing all you really need are a few basic supplies including;

  • A Pencil or A Pencil Set
  • A Drawing Pad
  • Putty Rubber
  • Blending Tool
  • Ruler

Of course, there are “extra’s” which can help you, but you certainly don’t need them. I do talk about these a little more in More Drawing Tools, but they are not compulsory.

How Much Should I Spend?

Learning to draw isn’t expensive to get started in. A decent pencil can be purchased for a couple of pounds and a decent drawing pad a little more.

What I would recommend is to spend as much as you can afford to if you are in this for the long haul, as the quality of some products is really quite poor!

If you are serious about learning to draw I suggest sticking to products from the industry leaders such as Derwent, Pentel, Windsor & Newton, Daler Rowney, Faber Castell and Royal & Langnickel and avoiding the more suspicious looking products from your local pharmacy or 99p shop.

I personally recommend buying online, since everything is cheaper online these days. Place such as Amazon, eBay and MisterArt.com: The world’s largest online discount art & craft supply store are all great places to start!

This doesn’t mean you need the best of everything, though. Budget by priority as below;

  • Paper – Most Important
  • Pencil
  • Putty Rubber
  • Blending Tool
  • Ruler- All rulers are straight, aren’t they?

You can save money on a Blending Tool right mow, by checking out my ‘Make Your Own Blending Stump In 60 Seconds Hack’ from the HTD Toolbox below!

Make Your Own Blending Stump

Now you have a better idea of how much pencil drawing can cost, the next page will guide you through choosing the best drawing paper in your budget.

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