My favorite drawing surfaces are smooth or medium bristol board and arches hot
pressed watercolor paper. The watercolor paper provides more tooth for the graphite
and charcoal to settle into.
Any artist grade pencils will do. Experiment to find a brand that you feel comfortable
with. I generally use F for the initial drawing as it erases easily without
too much damage to the paper. I also like to use mechanical pencils as well
as regular pencils as they maintain their shape well.
Again any artist grade charcoal that you can find will work well. The degrees
of hardness ranges from HB (hardest) to 3B (softest).
I use mak tak as a kneaded eraser. You can buy it at any stationary store. It is used for tacking pictures to walls but it works perfectly for lifting graphite and/or charcoal from drawings and for erasing.
Soft paper felt with double pointed ends used for blending. If the point wears down you can use sand paper to repoint.
Soft rolled paper with pointed end used for blending.
For the smoothest blending and to lift off extra graphite or charcoal.
For a rougher blending effect and to lift off extra graphite or charcoal.
Tracing paper to draw original artwork on, transfer paper, masking tape for
holding template in place, drafting brush to remove eraser and graphite residue, chamois for blending.