This is the art supply that I use most often now, if I'm not using the computer. Below is a picture of some of the art supplies that I used most often BC (before the computer). I still love to play around with the conventional art stuff.
Col-Erase PencilsWhen I was drawing and painting conventionally, the style I worked in involved using pencils, col-erase pencils, and acrylics on illustration board. It went something like this:
I'd transfer my drawing onto the illustration board, and redraw it completely with a regular #2 pencil, being very careful at this point about the line quality. Most of the outline was eventually obscured, but starting with a careful drawing made the rest easier.
Next, I'd shade the drawing using the col-erase pencils. Using, for example, a violet pencil for a red object, Id draw in the core shadows and drop shadows. Then (and this is the nifty part about using the col-erase pencils), I'd smudge the shadows with a q-tip or tortillon or chamois cloth to make them really smooth where they needed to be smooth..
This is about the point that I'd become totally discouraged with the artwork and convinced I should just throw it out. Maybe someday I won't go through this as often, but it seems part of the whole process.
The next step was to lightly fix the drawing with workable fixative. Workable fixative is one of those nasty aerosol can things that you should only use outdoors.
The artwork is actually more than halfway done at this point, but it looks odd. Time to pull out the acrylics.