Graphite/Charcoal Supplies

My go-to for graphite pencils are the Faber-Castell 9000 series graphite pencils.  I also use a Faber-Castell mechanical pencil for a sharper point.  I also sometimes use graphite powder if I need to cover a large area.  For larger drawings, this allows you to add base layers quicker.

  1. Faber-Castell 9000 Series Graphite
  2. Faber-Castell Mechanical Pencil
  3. Graphite Powder

For charcoal, I use a combination of powdered charcoal, charcoal sticks, and charcoal pencils all from General Pencil.  I use all of these interchangeably depending on the size of the drawing.

  1. Charcoal Powder
  2. Charcoal Sticks
  3. Charcoal Pencils

For both graphite and charcoal, I usually blend with a paint brush, which can be done with any type of paint brush.  Other times I use blending stumps.

  1. Blending Stumps
  2.  General paint brush, vary in size depending on area to cover.

For both graphite and charcoal I generally use the Bristol Smooth paper for a smoother texture.  When drawing something that needs more layers, I use the Bristol Vellum.  This paper is great for different textures, including fur in animal portraits or trees in landscapes.

  1.  Strathmore 400 Bristol Smooth Paper
  2. Strathmore 400 Bristol Vellum Paper

For fine lighter details I like to use the TomBow Mono-Zero eraser.  This is great for fine detail, but you can also just use a kneaded eraser if you have one of those.

  1.  Mono-Zero Eraser
  2.  Kneaded Eraser