black knight martial arts you may need: -standard 2B pencil (any pencil can do, whether or not this says 2B) -mechanical pencil (for fine lines) -6B or 8B pencil, for those rich dark areas -Q-tips (for shading the skin. try taking some from the cotton off the end in the Q-tip to get a more defined line) -Eraser (I would suggest a kneaded eraser. It comes in handy for your eyes and lips) The first lesson that students are taught in sketching classes is how to see and imagine every object as a shape. This helps open the inside in the brain which see's abstract forms and so detaches the artist from experiencing complex objects. It may seem difficult initially to show objects any particular one sees in a compilation of simple shapes, however, with practice the easier choice becomes. Seeing clear shapes is the foremost strategy for drawing complex objects in a very most effective and efficient way. Seeing the entire world in shapes will gives artists an entirely different view that over time results in a fluency of translating what is seen in to a 2 dimensional drawing or painting. Let's take the example of a person's head. People fight to draw this common subject of art since they really go to town information. However, the head is a simple shape, the nose an amount of circles and lines, the eyes half moon and circles, the cheeks, triangular forms etc and the like. Once your eye area are trained and practiced to notice such things, drawing becomes a lot easier and accessible to all artists, talented or otherwise not.