When I started drawing all I had was a regular pencil and a lot of cheap printing paper. Nothing fancy or expensive. It worked fine for me for a few year until I was introduced to charcoal and needed to find paper that worked well with it.
I started buying Derwent and Faber Castell drawing pencils and paper from Winsor and Newton and I discovered how much of a difference it made having the proper materials.
First step is getting some great pencils and drawing paper that fits your needs.
Through the years I have tried a lot of different drawing paper and quickly found my favourites to work with.
There are so many different art brands and types out there it can be hard to figure out what to buy. To me it's about finding what matches you and what works best for you.
One thing to keep in mind is how you draw, do you press hard with your pencils or do you draw soft and delicate? Would you like your work to have a very soft smooth surface or do you like a bit of structure to your drawings?
Some might find smooth surface paper better than grainy and the other way around. It's all about preference.
In the following articles I will tell you about what I like and find useful in my journey of art.