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Tools of my Trade by Doctor-Pencil Tools of my Trade by Doctor-Pencil
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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Doctor-Pencil 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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Doctor-Pencil 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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Doctor-Pencil 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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Doctor-Pencil 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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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, no never used those before. I only tried a couple before I got hooked on Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencils :D:D I just found "consistent and predictable results" and read good things about them, which I found to be true. Check out my TIP GUIDE link below? Take care ~ :D:D
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GregHodge Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Interesting and helpful :)
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
COOL :D:D
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MAHDYsayed Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wish to learn about all uses of this stuff
i just begin to learn :D

amazing gallery you have :)

wish you always the best
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!! :D:D
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MAHDYsayed Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
my pleasure :) :rose:
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Shh-GonnaDrawNow Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Rick - give me all this!!!!! :D
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ha, I use everything! :D:D
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RCMMCR Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
Hey, I have the same magnifying glass! I bought it for my electronics homework. I hope my drawings don't burn like the amplifiers I was using. Thanks a lot for the time you spend with the tutorials, you are really helping!
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really? I use it a lot! You're welcome too :D:D
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BloodyVoodoo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Blu-Tac is a godsend for me! I'd go mad without that stuff. Wish I had a TUFF STUFF stick eraser.
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't use Blu-tac much, but it's great when I need spot lifting. Most use kneaded eraser, but love my tuff-stuff for certain effects :D:D
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BloodyVoodoo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't even have a kneaded eraser, so Blu-tac is life.
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Yume101 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, at least we have the pencils in common. I mean, i use them too.
Now i know how you get those accurate and perfect drawings ^_^.
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you SO much!! :D:D
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LastSando Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Nice.
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toxicated-angel Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
It looka like something out of a horror movie 0.0
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol :D:D
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celexana Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is real helpful, I use the same brand graphite pencils as you do, Staedtler Mars Lumograph and it goes apply a lot better than most brands. :nod:
Do know of a 9B pencil? One member claims he uses it. I have the 7B and 8B in my set, but it's more charcoal than graphite; I don't like using them in my graphite drawings.
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, I don't have a 9B, and usually don't use past 2B. I'd rather press harder with harder pencil. Less waxy? :D
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celexana Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't even like the darker pencils. In my other message, I viewed your website
and I decided to use up to 2B and really, my recent portrait "Looking Back" turned
out a lot better. And the waxy appearance isn't there at all! I looked at my
former portraits, when I used the 4B and 6B pencils, there is a shine on those darkened
areas. So I did press harder with the 2B and on paper it looks a lot better,
Thanks for your reply! :heart:
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
they use clay to mix with graphite in the different pencils. The darker the pencil, the more clay, which makes it like crayons and hard to blend. It's better to scrape a B or 2B sideways, and really crush the tooth of the paper deep, than it is to press lighter with a darker pencil. That's just my experience anyway :D:D
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celexana Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, Rick, for your input. I didn't realize about the clay in
graphite pencils. Yes, on my recent portrait "Looking Back" I only
used the 2B and applied it with more pressure to darken it.
I think this past year, I've tried different ways to apply with
graphite and colored pencils. Now, colored pencils is a whole new
topic altogether! =P
Have a great weekend! :wave:
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ya everyone wants me to try color, but I understand it is a whole new world of learning I'm not wanting to learn yet :D Thanks and you too!
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madam-lara-croft Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool stuff, veryyyy informative too :nod:
im sorta beginner so these made me understand art, & the different styles to improve, better :dance:
awesome!
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have u seen my TIP GUIDE?? [link]
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madam-lara-croft Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i think i have
checking.... but the link is not working, may b some problem with my net connection at this time :O_o:
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lee100188 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
its helps and i like like like like. awesome stuff rick. inspirinf just seeing all the 'gear' :D
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad Lee!! Keep up the good work man!! :D:D
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Jacques-Noir Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Nice set of tools Mr.Pencil :D

You reminded me of that 'Reservoir Dogs' scene, the part where he's complaining cause he doesn't wanna be Mr.Pink - you know that? Also, the part where he doesn't wanna tip the waitress, that's some funny stuff :D

Hope you have a good weekend dude =)
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha thanks man!! Don't know the movie, but I will Google it! :D:D
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Chimera-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student General Artist
looks like a lot of stuff...........that i would LOVE to have!! :iconjoyplz:
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Slabejka Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
this is very helpful... thanks for sharing .. :)
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Kamachka Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Lol I have some of these stuff but never knew what to do with them and I still dont know with some but know I do, thanks!
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad I cud help! :D:D
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Kamachka Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Thanks
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philippeL Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing all this, Rick. Good tricks such as the blu-tac and pencil extensions.
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brianv948 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
some good ideas dude, thanks for sharing!
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ubetcha!! :D:D
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Sid45ultra9292 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Funny, I use the same brand of pencils and absolutely love them.
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