A definition of drawing might be to form an image predominantly using lines. Drawings can be made using ink, graphite, charcoal or wax crayons. Some artists combine media to create drawings, and we have whole books dedicated to the subject of mixed media. Drawing can be a crucial way for an artist to record what he or she has seen. It can also be a good way to develop an idea. Many artists begin 3-dimensional artwork or 2 dimensional artwork in other media by formalising the initial idea in a drawing. Therefore, time dedicated to drawing is never time wasted, and investment in the right materials equips the artist with the best tools for a successful drawing. Not all the art accessories in this category will be suitable for all kinds of drawing media, and we have tried to specify where this is the case. Here is a brief overview of the kinds of materials you will see in this section.
Erasers remove graphite and charcoal, as well as coloured crayon marks. An eraser is as valuable as the drawing implement in creating forms within a drawing – it can help establish the negative spaces within a composition. Putty erasers are malleable and can be moulded so that very small areas can be erased – their softness is sympathetic to soft paper surfaces and you are less likely to damage paper with a soft eraser. Plastic erasers are a little more rigid, and they cannot be moulded into different shapes. They are less likely to smudge marks than a putty eraser when used lightly.Jackson’s also offers a couple of electric erasers that help you remove drawing marks with remarkable ease.
Particularly useful for artists working in coloured pencil, pastel pencil or even charcoal and pastels, these tools tend to be used once colour has been applied to the drawing surface. Blenders will blend colours together, and paper stumps and tortillions can also do this to an extent. Derwent offer a burnishing pencil – it is a regular pencil with a wax lead which you can use to apply a very thin layer of sheen to an area or whole of a drawing. Colour shapers can be used to blend colours, and they can also burnish if one uses it to push deposited colour further into paper…this closes the gaps between the deposited pigment particles and allows it to appear more saturated and brilliant.
A sharp point to a pencil is vital for crisp, fresh vibrant lines and marks. Our extensive variety of choice allows you to decide between a simple sharpener, one that collects the sharpenings, or one that is battery operated making it a 100% effortless task. Or, you might choose to buy a craft knife or sandpaper block instead! For very soft pastel pencils we also sell special pastel pencil sharpeners by Derwent and Stabilo.
There are a number of options of how you might choose to store your pencils. A pencil wrap allows one to carry a large number of pencils with no real extra weight added, and rolls to a very compact and practical cylinder, and we sell both economy unbranded pencil wraps as well as a few by Derwent. We also sell pencil tins and zip up pencil cases as alternative methods of pencil storage. Derwent’s Carry All Pencil storage allows very well equipped pencil artists to carry up to 132 pencils in a very practical, specially designed shoulder bag.
Other drawing art accessories
Other drawing art accessories on offer include telescopic tubes which are ideal for taking large life drawings home from class, and pencil extenders and grippers which help with holding drawing media even if you’ve sharpened or used most of it away, allowing you to get the most out of your drawing materials.