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When buying a pencil sketching kit I suggest you look for these: 2h Pencil, HB pencil, 2B pencil, and 4B. Along with a kneaded eraser and a steel sharpener.
Now let me explain. Pencils come in various grades ranging from 9h to 9B. 9h is the hardest lead and produces a hard thin line while 9B is very soft fat and easily smudgable. So if you look at it like a time line it's like this
9h 6h 4h 2h HB B 2B 4B 6B 8B etc. There's every number between 1-9 for H and B and there's F pencils as well which are between HB and B i never use F pencils and never really bothered to look. HB are standard pencils like for pencil lead and regular yellow pencils.
A kneaded eraser is like a regular eraser except when it gets dirty you can knead it so that it becomes clean again. It's very versatile because you can use it to lighten tones by pressing it against where you want it to lighten or you can just use it like a regular eraser. Kneaded erasers are amazing and i suggest you get one, it's absolutely crucial to have one if you do work in charcoal.
A steel sharpener is pretty cheap too. I absolutely love them. Most general sharpeners aren't as sharp as a fine steel sharpener, a steel sharpener gives you incredibly pointy tips with just a few rotations. It's like a dollar. You can get away with a regular sharpener but don't use the same sharpener for like a year. The blades become dull within a couple months or so.
I would just compare the value between what's in the pencil kit and what you can find sold individually if you want to find a cheap one. Sometimes pencil kits come with really random stuff, but the random stuff is fun to mess around with! Especially charcoal sticks.
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At the start, you will be satisfied with just one ordinary eraser. It needs to be good quality because a bad eraser can ruin your drawings.
It is to your advantage to own a soft and smooth white plastic eraser. With this particular type of eraser, you are also able to cut it, to get at finer parts of your artwork.
Ink-erasers should never be included in your drawing supplies, they destroy the surface of the paper.
As you become more adventurous, you will probably want a kneadable eraser. They are very clean to use because they don't leave any residue on your paper. This eraser can be moulded into a point to access small areas. I love mine and I use it all the time, they are magic and very cheap.
You only need to dab at the spot and the graphite will stick to the kneadable eraser. Once the surface of the eraser gets dirty, just fold it over to access a clean spot.
You can use erasers to obtain different effects in your drawings, too, but that's a whole other story!
As you progress, you might want to include blending stumps in your drawing supplies.
A blending stump is a tightly wound stick of pressed paper that is used to blend or smudge graphite. It helps to produce gradations and different tones in your images.
A tortillon is similar -- it's a stump that is twisted to a point.
There is confusion about whether it is tortillon or tortillion but according to the dictionary, it is spelt with just 'on' on the end.
If you don't have one of these, you could improvise and wrap a tissue around a pen tip and tape the tissue to the pen to hold it in place. You can also use a tissue or paper towel around your finger tip.
Try not to use your fingers for blending because skin contains oil and it can ruin your drawing with the passing of time.
I bought a set of blending stumps which gives me a better variety to use when the mood suits.
The last item you need in your drawing supplies is a good sharpener that has sharp, straight blades so that the point of your pencil doesn't break. Inexpensive sharpeners waste a good pencil.
How To Sharpen Pencils
Another alternative is to cut your pencil with a craft knife.
Try not to make a sharp point, it will dig into your paper, and that will add to your difficulties when erasing.
A thin point isn't any good because it snaps easily and needs constant sharpening.
You can also use fine sandpaper to hone the point of your pencil.
If you don't have any sandpaper, try using an emery board.
This drawing tool kit is an inexpensive way of owning a good variety of all the essentials I have spoken about on this page.