Drawing Supplies

You will need quality art supplies for each private drawing lesson with LZM Studio. We don’t provide art supply packets or replacement art supplies for private drawing lesson students, however we can plan for & purchase art supplies for your group drawing workshop if preferred. Here are lists of drawing supplies you’ll need for private drawing lessons and our online video curriculum, with sources for buying the items both online and local to Austin, Texas, US.

Recommended Drawing Supplies

  • Strathmore Sketch Paper Pad, recommended size 11 x 14 inches or 14 x 17 inches,
    • Smaller children can use the 11in x 14in size, as it it easier for them to carry.
    • I prefer the recycled/wind power paper to minimize our impact on the environment – we will use a lot of paper!
    • I recommend getting the pads labelled “Sketch” over the “Drawing” pads because the paper is thinner, and you can get 60-100 pages for about the same price as 20-30 pages.
  • Variety of Graphite Artists Pencils. Buy at least five different hardnesses so that you can learn how to use them in different situations. 1 of each: 8B, 4B, 2B, HB, 2H for example, or buy a pre-packaged set that includes a range of hardnesses. You really do get what you pay for and the cheap pencils will be frustrating to use as the wood will chip & leads will break when you sharpen them.
  • a 6 inch ruler. For adults I recommend a gridded plastic ruler and for younger kids I recommend a rubber or cork-backed non-slip ruler.
  • a 12-24 inch ruler. For adults I recommend a gridded plastic ruler and for younger kids I recommend a rubber or cork-backed non-slip ruler.
  • 1 Kneaded “Gummy” Eraser.
    • Brands I like are Lyra & Faber-Castell.
    • For about 3 years now the Design & Prismacolor brands have often been too hard/crumbly to knead. DON’T buy those brands!
  • 1 General’s Factis BM2 Eraser stick and eraser refill
    • These used to be the Papermate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick, but are now being produced by a different manufacturer.
    • *Note* Don’t buy this for more than $6-10 online, as you will see some for sale for $15-30 each. This was from when the manufacturing was stopped temporarily & people took advantage by increasing the price.
  • 1 Tombow MonoZero Round 2.3mm Eraser and eraser refill
    • This is best for adults, or kids ages 10 and up. Younger kids often press so hard they keep breaking this teeny eraser wasting big chunks of it at a time.
  • Pencil Extenders
    • These will come in handy once you’ve used your pencils for a while. Buy the kind with a wooden/metal handle
    • The metal kind (sometimes sold by Derwent) don’t tighten well on pencils without a round barrel
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Drawing Dusting Brush for removing eraser crumbs from your drawings without smearing the graphite.
  • This desktop vacuum also saves me from needing to vacuum the floor as much- which I adore!
  • If you don’t have a flat surface, you may wish to get a drawing board for smoothness. If you are hoping to save your neck/back from pain, I use the Martin Pro Drafting Board to raise my surface up enabling me not to lean over as much. I’ve seen this for as little as $60 and as much as $200+ on Amazon- so search around.

Local Austin, TX Suppliers

Jerry’s Artarama : Jerry’s has good prices, but their stock is often not replenished, so it is hit and miss if you can get these supplies there.

Asel Art Supply : Local small shop with helpful folks.

University Coop: Parking is a challenge, but this is another local option.

Michael’s and Hobby Lobby are conveniently located, and a good place to go for drawing paper, but they often have very cheap graphite pencils that are of poor quality. You want to pay the extra few dollars for the higher quality brand pencils, because the cheap ones will break more, sharpen poorly and do not have a nice quality for shading.

Online Retailers

You’ll often find better prices online, and if you plan ahead, it is worth the small fee in shipping.

Amazon.com is a client favorite. Occasionally, supplies are more expensive on Amazon. It doesn’t hurt to cross-check costs on multiple sites or check at different times of year (ie supplies are more expensive at the holidays). I am an Amazon Affiliate and may earn a few cents if you purchase from the links I’ve included here.

Utrecht : reliable, good products and their own brand of things so often less expensive

Dick Blick : also reliable, good products and they have fun project ideas if you want to get creative on your own

Cheap Joe’s : I’ve never ordered from them, but their prices are good and lots of my students use them