- something to draw
- something to draw on
- something to draw about
Something to draw
- You don't need to go to the cheapest pencil on the store ( nor to the super-mega-incredibly specific sandal-wood-limited-series pencil). I did it when I was in a very short budget (as teenager) and found that cheap pencils have unhomogeneous mines. Chunks of graphite inserted in the mine so tracing a line felt like scratching the paper followed by a slide followed by a hard stop. A simple HB pencil that you would use at school or in the office is enough.
- Wood pencils are cheap, available everywhere and the smell of wood when you sharp them is great. But the need to sharp regularly can be a disadvantage sometimes.
- Mechanical pencils. Very popular and also wide available. The thinner the mine, the less pressure you can do on it or it'll break up. A 0,7 mm mine is fine for most people.
- Clutch pencils or leadholders. Nostalgia lovers like me appreciate them.
- I've seen some young cartoonist producing professional cartoons with rollerballs like Pilot or UniBall. They are cheap, fadeproof, smooth... very useful for a quick sketch or even crosshatching.
- Markers are also useful. Years ago the main concern was to get a consistent black line. Nowadays you can enhance the black with your computer, so markers are nice although they can be smudgy when using water... but that's also a nice effect.