Drawing Tools

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All drawing tools you need are surprisingly simple. One of the best things about drawing is that you can start right away with an inconsiderable investment.

I took some photos of the drawing tools that I use for drawings on my website. Since I currently live in Japan, I have available only Japanese drawing instruments and I can tell you they are fantastic.

These products are manufactured with such delicacy and a sense of detail. All I can say is that Japanese stationery products are one of the highest qualities in the world, if not the highest and, this is not an exaggeration.

The best thing is that here in Japan the stationery is cheap so anyone can afford relatively high-quality drawing and writing tools.

If you can buy yourself good Japanese stationery, do it. You will not regret it.

What Drawing Tools Do I Need?

Sketch Book - Drawing Book

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If you are only exercising choose the simplest and cheapest sketchbook for children. It is usually available in many formats.

I would recommend starting from the B4 format because you can make many drawings, sketches, and studies on one single page.

If you do not have any sketchbook available, you can also draw on the back of an envelope.

For practicing it doesn’t matter. The important thing is that you draw and thus train your brain to function in relaxed mood.

Tracing Paper

Tracing paper is mostly used in technical drawing and architecture but you will find it very useful if you want to make an exact copy of a picture.

The A4 size of tracing paper will be excellent for your drawing and sketching work. I can tell you, that working by tracing paper is an excellent exercise to catch the shape of the picture.

If you do not have tracing paper available at hand, place the picture you are going to trace on the window in your room, fix it with tape on each corner so that it won’t move, and place the blank white paper over it, also fixing the blank paper by tape on corners.

The picture will reflect from the bottom up and you can trace the picture on the blank paper. Since this requires you to work in a standing position on the vertical flat surface, you may feel slight tiredness in your arms.

Working with tracing techniques is very helpful because often you need only to grab the outlines of the drawing, in other words, to get the correct shape and the rest is only a kind of coloring page work.

Every successful drawing is about being able to catch the correct shape of the object. By tracing you can do it effortlessly while learning and practicing.

I would like to make one point clear here and, that is: Tracing is never cheating! Be easy about it. Yes, tracing paper is also one of the excellent drawing tools – instruments.

HB Pencil

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HB pencil is probably the most popular hardness of a pencil because it is neither too soft nor too hard. It allows you to draw a large variety of pencil drawings and sketches and, is excellent for shading.

0,5mm HB Sharp Pencil

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A sharp pencil is one of the indispensable drawing tools used in technical drawing and architecture. But it is also very useful in the artistic drawing. The biggest advantage is that you do not need to sharpen it. Refills are very cheap too.

Things to be careful while choosing your sharp pencil is, to select the light one with a plastic body. There are sharp pencils with metallic made body and (in my opinion) they are a bit heavy for artistic drawing. You need a light pencil in your hand not a heavy piece of metal stick.

A different case is if you would use it for technical drawing. There, it is quite helpful because you draw only by ruler and the weight of the pencil helps you to stabilize your hand.





Pen Shaped Eraser

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I am not sure if the “Pen-Shaped-Eraser” is the correct name for this thing, but the picture tells you what I mean.

Among many types and shapes of erasers choose for your drawings and sketches something like this. It is tremendously helpful because the size of the eraser is always slim and that is what you need almost always.

In your drawings or sketches, you often need to erase narrow parts on the drawing so that you won’t damage or blur the good part. It is very difficult to do it with the traditional piece of eraser. So, to make your drawing work easy it is better to have one like this.

Eraser is also an excellent drawing tool. It is just this type of eraser by which you will be able to highlight the bright spots on your drawings easily.

You can “draw by eraser” the shining parts in human hair or animal’s fur; it is tremendously useful when you draw grass or other plants.

Standard Plastic Eraser

Standard Plastic EraserStandard Plastic Eraser

I think this type of eraser needs not any introduction. You are already very familiar with this. However, among the importance of drawing tools, it comes next to a pencil, e.i. the second important thing.

Pencil Grip

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Loose Pencil Grip is very convenient when you draw approximate lines or while you sketch.

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Tilted Pencil Grip; this is a tremendously helpful drawing technique you should get familiar with. I recommend this technique in almost every drawing or sketch.

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By using Tilted Pencil Grip you will simply draw nearly perfect lines from the very initial sketch.

I would say, holding your pencil tilted gives you confidence. Try it and you’ll see the results. It works!

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Writing grip helps you to mark out or to outline more exact lines or contours.

Tissue Paper and Cotton Swab

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Yes, tissue paper or cotton swabs are also excellent drawing tools. When you want to "blur" a bit the pencil strokes and or blend some parts on your drawing, use a piece of tissue paper or cotton swab.

If you do not have the tissue paper or cotton swab available, use the tip of your fingers.


Visitors Personal Gallery Pages

Please see and enjoy the following collection of personal galleries. We all believe you will have a lot of fun. Observing others’ artwork is always, always very inspirational. You may get some new ideas for your own drawings.

Dog portraits by Lynn

Portraits of Dogs by Lynn

Portraits by Andy Leslie

Realistic Portraits by Andy Leslie

Portraits by Lela Stankovich

Portrait Drawings by Lela Stankovic

Various drawings by Betty Chavis

Various Drawings by Betty Chavis

Original sketches by Nadia Velasquez

Original sketches by Nadia Velasquez

Beautiful Artwork by Bill Richards

Beautiful Artwork by Bill Richards

Cute Drawings by Christie

Cute Drawings by Christie

Manga Drawings by Chi

Manga Drawings by Chi

Portrait Drawings by Evan

Portrait Drawings by Evan

Various Drawings by Sabariah

Various Drawings by Sabariah

Various Drawings by Sunnu Golwalla

Various Drawings by Sunnu Golwalla

Various Drawings by Amberlynn

Various Drawings by Amberlynn

Various Drawings by Anne Burgoyne

Various Drawings by Anne Burgoyne

Various Drawings by Carly

Various Drawings by Carly

Portrait Drawings by Bud Norris

Portrait Drawings by Bud Norris

Portrait Drawings by Mahendran

Portrait Drawings by Mahendran

Scenery Drawings by Phil Edmondson

Scenery Drawings by Phil Edmondson

Portrait Drawings by Stacey

Portrait Drawings by Stacey

Manga and Fantasy by Lee Henrik

Manga and Fantasy by Lee Henrik

Manga Sketches by Paul Rowan

Manga Sketches by Paul Rowan

Various Drawings by D. Fox

Various Drawings by D. Fox

Original Pokemons by Johan

Original Pokemons by Johan

Original Manga by Grace

Original Manga by Grace

Cute Little Sketches by Gwen

Cute Little Sketches by Gwen

Creative Anime by Celia

Creative Anime by Celia

Various Drawings by Taylor Sligowski

Various Drawings by Taylor Sligowski

Various Sketches by Amanda

Various Sketches by Amanda

Fantasy Drawings by Melissa

Fantasy Drawings by Melissa

Various Drawings by Steven Chesley

Various Drawings by Steven Chesley

Various Drawings by Maciej Michalak

Various Drawings by Maciej Michalak

Various Drawings by Aiswariya Pramod

Various Drawings by Aiswariya Pramod

Manga Drawings by Andrea

Manga Drawings by Andrea

Original Artwork by Richa Kotriwala

Original Artwork by Richa Kotriwala

Various Drawings by Sandy Lange

Various Drawings by Sandy Lange

Cartoon Drawings by Dipanjan Dey

Cartoon Drawings by Dipanjan Dey

Cartoon Drawings by Dhrubo2002

Cartoon Drawings by Dhrubo2002

Ballpen Drawings by Shehbaaz Baurtally

Ballpen Drawings by Shehbaaz Baurtally

Emma Adams Cartoon Sketches Gallery

Emma Adams Cartoon Sketches Gallery

Sonali Ghosh Illustrations Gallery

Sonali Ghosh Illustrations Gallery

Rupshya Dilipraj Artwork Gallery

Rupshya Dilipraj Artwork Gallery


Theme Based Visitors Galleries

The following Theme Based Galleries are a collection of selected drawings from various authors based on a certain theme. I would like you to get as much inspiration as possible for your own drawings.


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Latest Visitor's Drawings

  1. Knowledge is power, never weapons.

    Feb 25, 24 07:51 AM

    Knowledge is power, never weapons.

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  2. Imaginary pen art completed

    Feb 23, 24 08:20 AM

    Isolated place.

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  3. Imaginary pen art in progress

    Feb 19, 24 08:06 AM

    Still concentrating on buildings and artificial light.

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  4. DEFINITION OF LIFE

    Feb 18, 24 03:35 AM

    DEFINITION OF LIFE: Life never a disco but a rugged way

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  5. The Affair

    Feb 18, 24 03:34 AM

    Johnny Mills having a fling/affair with an Italian girl
    This is my drawing of the affair in Microsoft Paint. This drawing is about the 31-year-old British man Johnny Mills having an affair with a 22-year-old

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  6. Imaginary pen art

    Feb 15, 24 06:50 AM

    Again, showing old buildings and night view.

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  7. veterinary

    Feb 15, 24 06:40 AM

    veterinary

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  8. Imaginary pen art

    Feb 11, 24 01:49 AM

    Inside an old style building.

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  9. Imaginary pen art

    Feb 03, 24 06:46 AM

    Depicting a night scene at an old palace.

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  10. Imaginary pen art, inside a mansion

    Feb 03, 24 06:43 AM

    Some years back,I shared another one but this time,it is better.Most of my imaginary art are based on nature views.But it is good I focus on buildings

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  11. Jealousy

    Feb 02, 24 05:23 PM

    a man holding the lamp of victory and another showing him cactus from behind

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  12. CHASE

    Jan 28, 24 04:36 AM

    always chase your animal nature never let it to chase you

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  13. Imaginary pen art: inside a fort

    Jan 24, 24 08:25 AM

    inside a fort1
    I have focussed so much on exterior nature view. Now it is time to concentrate on interior of buildings.

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  14. Control your anger by looking at your feet

    Jan 19, 24 06:05 PM

    Control your anger by looking at your feet.

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  15. Imaginary pen art

    Jan 17, 24 08:06 AM

    Imaginary pen art completed. As my art are mostly dominated by nature and an old building/haveli partly visible. Inspiration here especially the trees

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