Pencil Drawing Tools – Part 1 – Drawing Pencils and Drawing with Colors

Dear artist,

maybe you recently decided to start drawing, but you are not really sure about what pencil drawing tools you need to create good pencil drawings. In this drawing lesson I will give you an overview on what tools you can use for you pencil drawings. At first, I wanted to write one big article about all tools, but I realized very fast that I have to split it in different parts, because it is too much for on article. That’s why I called this article “Pencil Drawing Tools – Part 1”. In the first part I only want to show you, which different kinds of pencils you can use for you drawings.

Pencils for drawings

In another free drawing lesson I already taught you a lot about charcoal and graphite pencils. If you haven’t read the article yet, you can find the drawing tutorial if you follow link: Best Pencils Drawing

Of course there are much more different pencils that you can use! Let’s take a look at different types:

Colored Pencils

In my opinion colored pencils are a perfect opportunity to start with color. You just need one good set of colored pencils and you can directly start. It is perfect for people who are a bit scared of starting directly with oil or acrylic colors. To be honest I did the same. After a few drawings that I created only with graphite and charcoal I wanted to try something with colors. In the picture you can see how I learned to create different skin tones. Soon I will create a tutorial on how to learn to draw different skin tones with colored pencils.

Colored Pencil Skin Tones

When you search for colored pencils there are to brands that you hear a lot. It is Farber Castell from Germany and Prisma Colors from USA. Both of them are really good and you won’t make an error in choosing one of this two brand. The best prices you can find on Amazon:

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72-Count

Faber-Castel 110060 Polychromos Colored Pencil Set In Metal Tin, 60 Pieces

I decided to buy the Polichromos 60 pencil set, because a few artists say that they are a bit better, but they also cost a few bugs more. There are also bigger sets for people who want to have a greater choice of different pencils. With both sets you can draw almost all colors, because you can mix the pencil colors by creating and smudging different layers. In generally you can say: “The more pencils you have, the easier it is to match one specific color”.

Pastel Pencils

Pastel Pencils are another way to draw with colors. Like I told you I started drawing some colored drawings with the polychromos and it was really fun, and I think it is good to start and also to create very good drawings. On the other side I meet a lot of really good artists last year, that think that pastel pencils are much better than Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils. I am not talking about good artist I talk about the greatest artists in the world, that expose their art in the best Art Museums. One of them is Emanuelle Descanio. I really recommend you watching this video. What he says and teaches about art is really impressive and it always blows me away when I watch his videos or go to one of his workshops.

So if you want to go one step further, you maybe should start with pastel pencils. To be honest I don’t have much experience with pastel pencils, but I plan to try them out very soon. Nevertheless, I know that a lot of good artists use the Conté a Paris Pastel Pencils and Pitt Pastel from Farber Castell.

Conte a Paris Pastel Pencil Set – Assorted (Set of 48)

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Gift (Box of 60)

Here you can see an example of a pastel drawing.

Artist: Rubén Belloso from Spain

Pastel Drawing

Red Chalk Pencils – Sepia Pencils – Sanguine Pencils

If you like a simple sepia style, then red chalk pencils or sepia pencils are the best choice for you. For me they are not very interesting at the moment, because it is not my style at the moment and I focus on realistic art with Graphite/Charcoal and ColoresPencils/OilPaint. Anyhow you can also create very interesting drawings with this kind of pencils. Feel free to find you own style. Maybe it is exactly this one :D.

This time I don’t want to recommend some pencils because I don’t know much about them.

You can check this Youtube Video to see some differences and decide which one is the best for you.

Try different things and find your style

Now you should have a good overview on different pencils that you can use. Of course there are some more like Watercolor Pencils, Copics, Brush Pens etc. but I think that they don’t fit in here, because I would put them in a different category. That doesn’t mean that they are bad or something like that. I always like to say, that there are no rules in art. The same counts for the material and tools that you want to use. In this article I focused on old-fashioned art pencils, but maybe I will make another blog post about “experimental pencils”. 😀 If you haven’t much experience yet, I would start with trying different things out and decide what works best for you and what is the most fun for you.

Please let me know, what kind of pencils you use. It would also be very nice to see some of you drawings!


All the Best


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  1. Sinaida says

    I’m one of your followers and I’d love to receive free lessons

    1. admin says

      Hello 🙂 Thank you for visiting my page. Right now I am writing the next drawing lesson. I hope you can learn a lot.
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  2. Brendon says

    Great article about drawing pencils you have here. My daughter is really into art, and she is surprisingly good at it for her age.
    she has been asking for a new set of drawing pencils lately. However I am a bit clueless as to where to find what she is asking for.
    Do you think the Polichromos 60 pencil set would be an appropriate set for an 11 tear old?

    1. admin says

      Hi Brendon, it is very nice to hear that your daughter already started with drawing. I hope she doesn’t stop when she gets older, like me. As I child I also was drawing a lot but then I stopped and started again last year. 

      Yes, I think the polychromos are perfect for her. Things like oil paint etc. are toxic and I think she is maybe too young for painting with that stuff, but polychromos are perfect to start and to learn how to use colors. I also have the 60 pencil set and for me it is works very well!

      Beeing creative is good in all areas of life, not only in art. I think it will help your daugther a lot in the future

      Best wishes


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