One of the most frequent questions I receive are from artists looking for art supply recommendations. Remember that every artist will have different preferences based on the subjects they draw and their art techniques. In the near future, I will be putting together a list of gift ideas for artists for the holidays.

Art supply shopping can be overwhelming with the number of brands and options available on the market today. Please use the list below as a guide – this is not a mandatory art supply list. When purchasing a new art medium for the first time, I recommend buying a small pastel set or individual colors (open stock) before investing in larger sets. This post contains a comprehensive list of art supplies that I regularly use for my pastel drawings.

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Pastels (Pencils)

  • Stabilo CarbOthello (available in sets of 12, 24, 36, 48, & 60)
  • Derwent (available in sets of 12, 24, 36, & 72)
  • Conte (available in sets of 12, 24, & 48)
  • Faber-Castell PITT (available in sets of 12, 24, & 60)
  • Caran d’Ache (available in sets of 12, 20, 40, & 76)

Pastels (Sticks)

  • Sennelier (I recommend the 1/2 stick portrait set for animal drawings)
  • Schmincke
  • Unison
  • Daler & Rowney

Paper

  • Clairefontaine Pastelmat (available in large sheets and assorted pads)

Blending tools

Misc. Tools

Have you tried these brands before? Do you have any brand recommendations for me? Leave a comment below!

-Lauren

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