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1.1.2-Material & Equipment’s

Material & Equipment’s

Required for sketching


Introduction to Sketching Material & Equipment


Knowing your tools is important, As with any other art-related practices, it’s ultimately going to be up to you to explore different supplies/techniques so you can arrive at your personal favorites.However, what you should know is that you can go far with limited and inexpensive supplies. So don’t get overwhelmed with the large variety of papers, pencils, erasers, etc. out there, and go for the basics.

Materials and Equipment

Get the right materials: 


  Just like with any art form, it is difficult to sketch when using poor quality (or the wrong) materials. You can easily find all the proper sketching materials at a local arts and crafts store.

  • H pencils. H pencils are the hardest pencils, and are used for sketching thin, straight, non-blend-able lines. These are mostly used for architecture and business sketches. Get an assortment including 8H, 6H, 4H, and 2H pencils (8H is the hardest, 2H is the softest).
  • B pencils. B pencils are the softest pencils, and are used for making smudged and blurry lines and for shading your sketch. These are the favorites of many artists. Get an assortment including 8B, 6B, 4B, and 2B (8B is the softest, 2B is the hardest).
  • Fine art paper. Sketching on regular printer paper may be easy, but the paper is thin and doesn’t hold the pencil as well. Use fine art paper with a bit of texture for the easiest time sketching, and for the best overall appearance.

Choose your subject:



For beginners, it is easiest to sketch from a live model or an image, rather than by using your imagination to create an image to draw. Find an image of something you like, or look for an object or person around you to draw. Take several minutes to study the subject prior to beginning to sketch. Pay attention to these things:

  • Find the source of light. Locating the primary light source will determine where you sketch the lightest and where you sketch the darkest.
  • Look for any movement. Whether actual movement from a real-life subject or perceived movement in an image, determining movement in your subject will determine the shape/direction you make your sketch strokes.
  • Pay attention to primary shapes. All objects are made up of a combination of the basic shapes (square, circle, triangle, etc.). Look for the shapes that underlay your subject, and sketch these first.

Don’t press too heavily:


A sketch is intended to be the base or draft of an image. Therefore, when you start your sketch you should use a light hand and lots of short, quick strokes. This will make it easier to test out different ways of drawing a particular object, and will allow you to erase mistakes much easier as well.


Try doing a gesture drawing:


Gesture drawing is a form of sketching where you use continuous movements and connected lines to draw your subject, without ever looking at your paper. Although it sounds difficult, it can help you to get a good idea of the basic forms in your drawing, and help to set a base for your final drawing. To do a gesture drawing, look only at your subject and move your hand accordingly on the paper. When possible, avoid lifting your pencil and use overlapping lines. Later, you can go back and erase the extra lines and perfect your sketch

  • This is good practice for a sketch – kind of like a pre-sketch.


A designer or draftsperson need not buy every piece of new equipment or software available. However, one should buy a new product if it will improve one’s work, both in quality and efficiency. Manufacturers often produce a range of models of varying  quality. One can decide which model will produce the best effects in relation to the purchase price — sometimes not the top-of-theline model. One should purchase tools and equipment of good quality, as they are an investment that will pay off throughout one’s career.

By no means are all of these materials and tools required for serious drawing. (You really only need a mark-making medium and a surface.) But, if you are getting serious about your work, then you’re probably getting serious about your materials and tools as well and this list is what I consider to be “the essentials”.

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