The little items you shouldn’t forget…
Having a plastic or kneadable eraser is necessary to execute corrections on your pencil, charcoal, sanguine or chalk drawings and to revise them. It also allows you to remove pigments or charcoal particles on the spaces that you want to highlight in order to suggest light or relief. So essentially you can also ‘draw’ with the eraser on a tinted area. The kneadable eraser is composed of a very malleable material that makes it so flexible that it is possible to mould it between your fingers and give it a shape adapted to the zone or the line you wish to erase. As a general rule, be careful not to use an eraser that is too hard because it will be too aggressive on the paper surface.
The Blending Stick
Artists use a paper stick to eliminate or spread graphite powder, sanguine or chalk on the paper. The stick is also used for blending and shading. They are generally cylinder-shaped and have two conical points. You can use either the point or its sides, which absorb the material they are in contact with. It is advisable to have several paper sticks at hand so that you can change them when both points are saturated.
Tools for Sharpening your Pencil
It is essential to work with a sharp lead or pencil. In addition to the traditional pencil sharpener, to maintain this you may use a sharpener-board, a cutter, or a knife. A sharpener-board is a wooden support on which are fixed several sandpaper sheets. Simply rub the lead upon them to sharpen it. If you choose to use a knife or a cutter, make sure you clean the lead and sharpen it in an outward direction to avoid hurting yourself. The cutter and the knife can also be used to scrape the lead of a graphite pencil to produce powder.
Any friction can be fatal for your drawing. That is why the application of fixative is necessary for the protection and preservation of your work. It adheres the material (pigments, graphite powder, charcoal etc.) to the surface of the paper. These are available in an aerosol can, but for more precision you can apply it using a fixative diffuser which also allows more contact with your work. The diffuser is a metal tube with a plastic mouthpiece. Insert the metal tube in a fixative bottle and blow through the mouthpiece to apply a dash of fixative on the drawing.