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New! Redesigned Creating Contrast and Texture Drawing Kit
Several years ago, I collaborated with General's Pencil Company to produce a special drawing kit that contains all of my favorite pencils, blending supplies, and erasers. I redesigned it to include more unique blending tools I have recently discovered. These are the supplies I use when creating my own works, and I also provided these same tools to students in my live Drawing Workshops!
This kit includes:
Everything listed below plus a private link to an online tutorial where I demonstrate how I use all these drawing tools.
*Please note that this tutorial is not my 4 1/2 hour video tutorial "Realistic Drawing with Light, Texture, and Contrast" which goes much more in-depth. Please see my Tutorials page for more information.
(7) Kimberly Graphite drawing Pencils (9h, 2h, h, f, b, 4b, 6b)
The widest range of graphite to help with the subtle shading necessary for realism.
(1) Kimberly Graphite (9xxb)
Special unique formula allows dark values with no graphite shine.
(1) General's 2H Extra Hard Charcoal
This is the pencil I use for sharp edges and clean lines.
(1) General's HB Hard Charcoal
This pencil is slightly softer than the 2H Extra Hard for when you need slightly darker values.
(3) Primo Euro Blend Charcoal Pencils (hb, b, 3b)
Smooth, Dark, Rich Charcoal for even darker areas and rougher textures not possible with graphite.
(1) Primo Elite Grande Pencil
The darkest charcoal I've ever found. This pencil allows extreme contrast to make your drawings "pop".
(1) Carbon Sketch Pencil (Soft)
Combines the smoothness of graphite with the deep rich blacks of charcoal.
(1) Layout Pencil
Perfect for getting your basic values down. This graphite pencil is easily erasable, yet dark values are possible. The hardness is approximately 4B.
Other Drawing Supplies:
(2) Blending Stumps
High quality compressed paper stumps for blending graphite, charcoal, and carbon.
Perfect for blending extremely small areas.
(8) Various Sizes and Shapes of Foam Blenders
Like a chamois, these can be used to create the smoothest textures possible. They can also be used to lighten values.
(1) Chamois Cloth
Used for very soft, smooth blending and shading. Also perfect for lightening values.
(1) Felt Cloth
Used to create rougher textures through blending
(2) Bamboo Cloth
This blending cloth creates a variety of textures. Washing one of these will soften it which will create smoother textures than when new.
(1) Painter's Foam Brush
Although this will blend charcoal and graphite, I mostly use this to remove eraser residue from my drawings.
(1) General's Kneaded Eraser
This eraser can be formed into any shape. Use it to keep your drawings clean and highlights bright. I also use it to gently lighten areas to adjust values and create textures.
(1) Pen Style Vinyl Eraser
This is an extremely important erasing tool I use to "cut back" into darker toned areas to make a clean white line. Excellent for rendering hair, wood, fabric and many other textures. It's like drawing with white.
(1) General's Little Red All-Art Sharpener
The same sharpeners we use in my live drawing workshops. Designed to sharpen charcoal, carbon, and graphite pencils without breaking and is able to sharpen the fatter pencils like the Elite Grande and the Carbon Sketch.
(1) Sandpaper for Sharpening Pencils
This is how I get my pencils to a needle sharp point when I need sharp edges and precise detail. You can also use it to collect charcoal or graphite powder to spread with one of the blenders. This is 150 grit sand paper available form any hardware store if you need to get more.