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Tools of my Trade by Rick-Kills-Pencils Tools of my Trade by Rick-Kills-Pencils
I thought I would share some of the tools I use. Starting from upper left is a Magnifying glass my dad found at a garage sale. I think it's for making your own fishing tackle? It's got 4 alligator clips for holding stuff!

Pencils of course. I have tried many kinds, and prefer Staedtler Mars Lumograph for their predicable results!! Yeah, it matters! :D

A make up brush for removing eraser bits, shavings etc from my drawing. Below that is a TUFF STUFF stick eraser, great for the wisps of hair I did on Reese Witherspoon's hair, highlights etc. Then there are the SOLID blending stumps. I like those better than the hollow rolled up tortillas. Kneaded eraser of course, but also this stuff called Blu-Tac (aka sticky tac) used for hanging posters without nails on the wall. GREAT for lifting straight UP without smudging. Like re-whiting the key-highlights in the eyes, etc. A cotton round for blending (sometimes).

A sandpaper stick for removing graphite from caked blending stumps, and sharpening a pencil to a needle point (I use old paper for that too). The clutch pencils, also known as Lead Holders. I use those for special use areas, with their tube sharpener to the bottom-right of them.

The other 2 clutch pencils I use for holding a nail, and a needle, for scratching the paper. The metal file is for sharpening the nail. See my tip guide for a full explanation at [link]

The pencil extension lets you use the pencil down to a friggin nub! HA

The small brush for removing debris. The Paintbrush looking thing below that is called a "color shaper" mainly used for blending color pencils, but works good when you want to blend graphite WITHOUT removing any, like a blending stump does. It's solid rubber on the end, in the shape of a brush.

Scissors of course, a carpet knife for cutting the TUFF STUFF stick eraser to a knife's edge, electric pencil sharpener, and a mag glass than hands around my neck!

Well, those are most of what I use.

Hope that helps?

Rick aka Mr.Pencil :D:D
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victory79 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have some of these things. I decided that next time I need to buy paper, I'll try Bristol. I love your dark black. Unfortunately I have lots of papers at the moment. :)
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Rick-Kills-Pencils Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have 2 or 3 pads of the old thin stuff. I won't go back. It will take you time to learn how Bristol reacts to each pencil, but you will love it!! :D:D
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victory79 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK, I think I will order Bristol. My papers are thick, but I cannot get the black real black, not even with 8B... Anyway, I think I'm a "light-drawer", I have to work on getting my drawings darker.
Thank you for adding me to your deviantWatch. :)
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Rick-Kills-Pencils Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You need to read how to get dark black in my tip guide. Link below :D:D
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victory79 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've read already everything from you I think :) It's really inspiring to look at all your drawings.
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Rick-Kills-Pencils Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! You want inspiration? Look in my FAVS folder!! Lots of talent out there! :)
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victory79 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're right. There are really great drawings. :worship: Thank you!
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sdablain Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
I agree you should try once some faber castell pencils =). In fact I prefers Fabers graphit pencils but it's just a matter of habit and taste (I don't know if I'm saying that well...).
However I found you website by chance and I admire your work. You definitively have a talent.
Do you have ever try to do some coloured pencil drawing?
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Rick-Kills-Pencils Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No but I plan to one day :D:D Must master graphite first. Believe it or not, I still learn something new with each drawing!! :D:D
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Catjuschka Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Have you ever tried "Faber-pencils"? If yes, what´s better "Staedler" or Faber?
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