"Old Metroparks Aquaduct" - © Greg Conley
19" x 24" Graphite on 2ply Vellum Bristol board
Basics of Drawing: Materials
To draw all you really need is a pencil or pen and a scrap of paper.
If you have that, skip this section and start drawing.
However, if you don't know a darned thing about drawing materials, what they look like or what they do, or if you need encouragement, understanding, wit, or just like to look at art stuff, read everything on this website. It's free.
The choices available in drawing materials are wide and varied. The links at the top of this tabbed page offer examples of the conventional drawing media that artists choose to work with. Some drawing media such as pastels, or ink and wash, require much further study in color technique and approach even after you learn to draw well.
For any drawing lessons or examples I will generally use graphite pencil on paper unless I am showing the working properties of other media such as charcoal or crayon.
It is best to learn to draw with simple pencil and paper. Some of the world's most beautiful and famous artworks are simple pencil and paper. And it is a very cost-effective way to start becoming the artist you intend to be.
"Drawing is the honesty of the art.
There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad."
Once you gain confidence you will find yourself trying other drawing materials and techniques. Find those that give the best effect and outlet for your expression. Experiment and play freely while learning the fundamental working qualities of your artistic tools.