Essential Coloured Pencil Tools
Check out these MUST HAVE tools for your coloured pencils! No equipment toolkit is complete without these Essential Coloured Pencil Tools…
- Pencil Sharpeners – I use a combination of 3 different ones (depending on what I’m using it for) the Swordfish IKON, Derwent Superpoint and the Faber-Castell Colour Grip. Each of these gives super sharp tips and minimal breakage of your pencils, which is crucial for the life-span of your trusty sidekicks!
- Sanding Blocks – These have become invaluable and, again, allows your pencils to live even longer as you can sharpen the point without removing the wood casing.
- Embossing Tools – these handy creatures can help you get those super white highlights and whiskers within your coloured pencil work and they’re incredibly cheap and easy to get hold of. Check out my video on these here
- Drawing Broom – A soft, fluffy brush will do the job here, or you can go all out and purchase yourself a proper Faber-Castell drawing broom. The idea behind this is to eliminate the pencil build up, or any dust or breakages that accumulates on your work, rather than using your hand and leading to potential smudging.
- Scalpel/Craft Blade – This has the same effect as the embossing tool with creating fine, white hairs and highlights but using one of these can get very very fine lines, and you can also vary the pressure to get different tones. Check out my blog post for the Slice Ceramic blade here
- White Pencils – This one is an absolute MUST! This seemingly useless coloured pencil colour can work wonders at blending and, if you have a very opaque white, can even be used over dark colours to add highlights and details!
- Black Pens – These can be really handy for hyping up the values in your coloured pencil portraits. Sometimes your dark colours just can’t go that dark, or as dark as you’d like them, so sometimes areas need a little extra push and this is where a black, archival pen, like the Faber Castell Pitt pens, can come in handy.
- Kneaded Erasers – These are handy for not only lifting and erasing graphite, but also your coloured pencil, too. You can use this to gently tack away your graphite sketch and also to add highlights into your work. Using one of these is also a super gentle way to lift away any mistakes.
You can find the links for all of these materials, available on amazon, here:
→ Swordfish IKON: https://amzn.to/2TUUnTM
→ Derwent Super Point: https://amzn.to/2OGu2I5
→ Faber Castell Colour Grip: https://amzn.to/2UqntPb
→ Embossing Tools: http://amzn.to/2BXxNSL
→ Slice Tool: https://amzn.to/2OEM0uo
→ White Pencil: https://amzn.to/2TSplff
→ Drawing Broom: https://amzn.to/2TUenps
→ Faber Castell Pitt Pens: https://amzn.to/2OHrLMK
→ Kneaded Eraser: https://amzn.to/2Ut88gK
If you’re a visual learner, or want to see these essential coloured pencil tools up close and personal, you can check out the YouTube video showcasing them below!