I took art for 3 years in high school including drawing classes and AP Studio Art. These 5 materials are easy to use and inexpensive if you are just starting out. Here are some of my favorite art materials I used in high school.
1. Ticonderoga Beginner Pencils
This is the most basic art tool I learned to use in beginner art class. It is something I still enjoy to draw with today. This pencil is great for shading, sketching, and adding value to your drawings.
Here are sample drawings and sketches with the thick Beginner Pencil:
2. Charocal Pencils
Types of charcoal pencils:
- Black Charcoal
- White Charcoal
- Colored or tinted Charcoal
This is one of my favorite classic drawing tools. General’s black and white charcoal is delicately soft and leaves dark hyper-pigmented marks. It is great for shading and drawing bold lines.
For beginners, buy the black and white first for its cheaper price. I recommend the General’s for their good quality and affordable price.
Here is my sample drawing using a mix of the black and white charcoal for the darkest parts of the face and graphite pencil for the lightest parts:
Colored Charcoal has the same soft and highly pigmented application as black and white but with different colors. This type is much more expensive than regular charcoal.
My favorite colored charcoal set is the Stabilo CarbOthello Pastel Pencil Sets in which a starter set is about $14.58.
Another high rated colored charcoal set is the Conte a Paris set!
My sample drawing using colored charcoal:
3. Oil Pastels
I love how vibrant and pigmented these oil pastels are. They have a smooth application and are incredibly easy to blend.
You can use fun and colorful pastels for landscapes, portraits, still-life drawing and more.
Above is the 36 count Oil Pastels from Pentel Arts that I got from my local art store.
A 12 piece set from Pentel cost only $2.25.
Here is my sample drawing using oil pastels:
4. Blending Stumps
Blending stumps will smoothen out the marks of pencil, charcoals, graphite, oil pastel, chalk pastel and more.
Use them for a smoother portrait and background.
5. Micron Ink Pens
Micron is known for its for fine and high-quality pigmented ink pens.
It can be used to draw cityscapes, urban sketching, and simple portraits.
The brush tip pen can also be used for calligraphy.
A sample drawing using Micron pens:
My Favorite Drawing Tools for Art
- Ticonderoga HB Beginner Pencil
- Charcoal pencil
- Oil Pastel
- Blending Stump
- Ink Pens
Other great tools also include: Hi-polymer erasers, graphite pencils, watercolor pencils, and chalk pastels.