This is for my online drawing class:

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Sand Paper:

I like to use sandpaper to soften the sides of pencils. One of those little ones that you can get at most art stores (pictured on the left) works fine and fits in a pencil box. I prefer to use these larger blocks from Home Depot (black block on right) because you can clean and reuse them. Medium grit sandpaper works best. Use a forward and back or side to side motion while constantly rotating the pencil.

Smooth Newsprint

  • newsprint is NOT archival. It will yellow and wrinkle overtime

I use smooth newsprint when I do studies because it’s cheap and allows you to shade very smooth tones. It’s important that you buy the ‘smooth’ newsprint and not the rough. Nothing wrong with the rough, it’s just that the smooth gets better details. The rough has some texture that breaks up the details a bit.

Before you start the drawing, make sure you’re drawing on a thick stack of newsprint. This provides some cushion and get’s smoother tones when you’re shading. If you’re getting towards the back of the pad, some of the texture from the cardboard will begin to show through.

Newsprint is NOT archival. It will wrinkle and yellow over time if exposed to heat, light, moisture, and oxygen. which is pretty much everything. I use it only for drawing practice, when I do studies. When I want to do a drawing on archival paper, I use watercolor paper and use ones that has a soft and cushiony feel. Or I’ll use bristol paper with graphite pencils. I’m always trying out new paper and I encourage you to do the same.


To erase, I like a kneaded eraser because I can shape it to erase large areas, or small details. It also doesn’t fall apart while you’re erasing and you can knead it to clean it up a bit.


You’ll need either a clipboard, a piece of wood, or foam board with clips to hold your paper. Put the pad towards your knees, and lean it against a table or the back of a chair.

*Hold the pencil like a paint brush, using the first three fingers. Not the same way you write. If you hold it like the way you write you make scratches. You need to hold the pencil like how you use a knife to cut but not as tight. Hold the pencil loosely.

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