Art Supplies For Serious Beginners

Here’s the list of supplies to get you going on your incredible journey!



You found your passion for art and you want to get started right away. But before you run off to the nearest art supply store or sign up for expensive art classes there are a couple of things you going to need to know.

First, How serious are you? Do you want to pursue art as a career or a hobby?

Second how much time and money do you want to dedicate to your new passion?

It’s very easy to get caught up with a new activity only to find out a few months later that you have don’t have the passion anymore. In fact, you haven’t touched a pencil or paintbrush for a while. Now what? All your EXPENSIVE supplies are next year’s garage sale items.


I recommend that you take my FREE lessons and build up your skills.  Then, wait about a year to decide if you want to get serious about it and take expensive art classes.

Trust me. Stick with the basics first and let your passion grow gradually.

Are you still here? Great. You are into this activity and you want to get started on it as soon as possible.

I recommend that you buy your supplies slowly and gradually purchase more supplies as your skills and interest grows. 


Archival Supplies

  • Various portfolios for archiving drawings

Drawing Supplies

  • Graded Pencils: 9H to 9B
  • Blenders
  • Tortillions
  • Kneaded erasers
  • Gum Eraser
  • Pencil eraser
  • White charcoal
  • Charcoal pencils
  • Vine Charcoal
  • Rulers and protractors
  • Calipers
  • Compass
  • Colored pencils
  • Paintbrushes
  • Solvents for blending colors


  • Gray Toned paper
  • Textured paper
  • Black paper
  • Smooth paper

TECH STUFF: software and hardware

  • Drawing Tablets
  • Photo printer
  • Laser printer
  • Inkjet printer
  • Adobe Photoshop or other photo software

The above items can be purchased online on Amazon or at an office supply store.

I will do a review of each and every item on this list. Don’t fall for the hype of overzealous sellers.  I’ll give objective reviews including the pros and cons of the items. 

Yes, the iPad Pro 2020 is an amazing digital drawing tool. If you can afford it is great for professional and beginning artists alike. Stay tuned for a full demo of this product. 

Otherwise keep drawing and keep learning

I am always eager to know what other artists are using to draw with. Let me know about your favorite drawing item in the comments below. 

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