This is a question I get asked a lot by those starting to learn to draw. Holding a pencil for drawing is similar in a way to holding a pen for handwriting in that there are ways that get better results, however it is a personal choice. Just like handwriting we all have a unique style so I think the best advice is however it feels best.
So Christmas is coming up and it is a time when you can gain some extra art materials. Perhaps friends and family are asking what art materials you would like? What will you say when there are so many things you could ask for? It is hard not to ask for something that is a bit more of a ‘luxury’ item but my advice would be to make sure you have the essentials first.
Everyone will have their own ideas about what they need materials-wise, but below I have made some suggestions of the materials that I have found most useful:
1. A Good Quality Sketchpad
If you haven’t already ask for a good quality sketchpad with thicker, grainer cartridge paper. They are much nicer to draw on and they are made better which means they won’t fall apart when you transport them. It will also cope will with small studies in other media other than pencil. A4 or A3 are the best sizes to go for. Hard-backed ones will last longer and protect your work.