This blog deals with the Basic Art Supplies needed for sketching. All art supplies mentioned here are ‘must have’ to create a beautiful and breathtaking artwork. This blog is certainly useful for every newbie or armature artists.

Art Supplies needed for sketching are inexpensive as it does not require costly paints and canvas. You can buy these items either from your nearest stationary shop or online from our affiliate partner Amazon India (links to recommended products or art supplies is given within the topics of this blog, you can simply click on the ads and make a purchase). Let’s start-


The first and foremost thing to produce a beautiful and desired artwork is to select a Sketchbook with good quality paper sheets. There are the variety of sizes available in the market but I highly recommend to use light grained A3 size (11.6 x 16.54 inches, slightly larger than A4 size) in beginning because you can freely practice your strokes on a larger sheet without restricting the flow of your hands.

Graphite Pencils

The second most important thing is to select a good quality graphite pencils. If you think that only a single pencil will do a great job then you are quite wrong! It’s too difficult to create an exquisite artwork with a single pencil as it requires a lot of practice and skills of applying pressures to achieve required values and tones on paper. Therefore, you should select different pencils to achieve required contrast without much difficulty.

You will find pencils designated by a number like 2H, 4H,2B etc., these numbers are designated according to the darkness of the pencil. H represents Hard and Light pencilsB represents for Soft and Dark pencils.

There are varieties of pencils available in market but I recommend to buy only the following numbered pencils-

A mechanical pencil to start
2H for drawing outlines and light tones
HB for finalizing the outlines
2B for initial tones and textures
4B for creating mild shadows
6B for depths and dark tones

Remember: Using much harder pencil can damage your drawing sheet and spoil your hard work. Lines drawn using harder pencil sometimes are hard to erase and can also it leave an impression on paper which becomes more visible after shading. Therefore, i recommended only 2H in grade of hard pencils.


Sharpeners are one of the most neglected but important art supplies. Artists who are aware always use long tip sharpening sharpeners, it will give you a better angle and clear look of the tip of the pencil in contact with the drawing sheet.

Normal eraser

You can use any normal but clean eraser. Make sure that it is non-dust eraser so that you don’t need to clean your sheet again and again as it can smudge your graphite. Do not use normal erasers over the shaded area unless you want to completely erase the particular portion of the sketch.

Kneadable eraser

Kneadable erasers are deformable erasers to any shape. Any artist who wants to proceed further from sketching towards realistic sketching should definitely use kneadable erasers. It will help you to lighten up the tones, create gradients and will impart a beautiful realistic 3d look to the sketch if used wisely.

Blending Stumps

Blending stumps are used to blend the shades uniformly without creating annoying patches on your sheet. Blending stumps should not be hard pointed, you could lightly press its tip on a table couple of times to make it a bit softer.

Areas of sketch shaded with blending sticks should only be worked upon using a kneadable eraser, not the normal eraser.

Brushes for Sketching

Brushes are the best alternative to blending sticks while working on large and medium areas. But it gets difficult to work over small areas. Therefore, I highly recommend you to grab blending sticks for the realistic effect on sketches and use it with the round brushes.

Tissue paper

Many beginners include tissue paper in their art supplies list and have the habit of using it to blend graphite but you should drop it as soon as possible because it creates a granular effect on a sheet which spoils the smoother look of your precious work. However, you can use it where you want grained look on a sketch.

However, you can use tissue paper or any other white paper to put it below your hand to avoid smudges and hand impressions over the sketch.

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