Material & Equipment’s
Required for sketching
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.
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:
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
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”.