You can draw anything you have at home, but using slightly better drawing tools will make you do things consciously and help you focus. If you create something you're proud of, it's less likely or disintegrated over time. Grabie showcases the best pens, pencils, paper, sharpeners and boxes to help you get started.
The art materials of drawing tools you need to start drawing are simple: a tool for drawing and a piece of paper to draw on.
Normally, the pencil hardness ranges from 10H to 12B, with H being the hardness and B the blackness or softness of the graphite. The higher the number, the softer or harder the lead. Hard pens make lighter, more precise lines that don't smudge; soft pens make richer, heavier lines. Beginner drawing pencils should fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, like 2B or 4B -- soft enough, A range of marks can be made depending on how hard you press.
Grabie marker pens are a crucial element of any stationery collection, helping you to create bold notes, add depth to illustrations or simply get someone's attention. From specialist marker pens for artistic purposes to everyday writing utensils or whiteboard markers, we've got it all in a range of finishes. Our selection also offers a range of nib sizes and different types from thick and chunky to fine and chisel nibs, as well as dual-nib marker pens.
Artist pens come in a million different styles, from the fine-tipped microns used by architects to the thick square markers used to make signs. Brush pens are often used for calligraphy, but they're also great for beginners because they force an impression of what you're seeing rather than an exact rendering. They use flexible brushes instead of hard rounded tips. The harder you press, the more ink, and the thicker the lines, giving you the effect of three or four strokes in one.
If you draw with pencils, at some point you have to sharpen them. Almost any sharpener you use on a traditional pencil will work. Here are the two I use: one for the home and one that I keep in my pouch along with the pencil.
When you start, any type of paper will work, but Grabie recommend it's more important to use a blank notebook than loose paper. This way, you always know where to find your work, and it provides a helpful way to see how far you've improved, as well as a visual journal to review everything you've gone through as you fill up the book.
Cases and Bag
Most professional drawing artist have their pencil cases or canvas bag to prevent drawing tools from being lost, accidentally snatched by a partner or roommate, or thrown into the trash drawer by mistake. They also make your entire kit super easy to travel.
Shop Grabie drawing tools collection to pick your best art pens and paper materials.