It's helpful to have a good quality electric pencil sharpener. I was glad when I finally 'went
electric,' and I've never looked back! If you plan to work a lot in Prismacolor pencils along with Verithin or Col-Erase,
then get a very inexpensive electric sharpener, because the waxy 'leads' will cause you to go through a few sharpeners, so
I don't feel that it's necessary to purchase an expensive "top-of-the-line" model, because you will need to replace it if
it gets a lot of hard use.
A Boston Electric Pencil Sharpener will do the job nicely.
The downside of electric pencil sharpeners is that they will eat up your pencils quickly, so try to only use it sparingly.
Some artists use two sharpeners - one for regular pencils and another for the waxy colored pencils. I use both electric and
hand held sharpeners - it's nice to have a non-electric one for when I'm not drawing at home and/or I don't want to have to
sit right by my electric model. I recently bought a handheld pencil sharpener made by Prismacolor. I thought that maybe it
would be something special because it had the Prismacolor name on it, but it was just a regular hand held barrel type pencil
sharpener. It has tended to jam up with the shavings too quickly for my taste. I don't even use it anymore. My favorite hand-held
pencil sharpener is this Helix Hand-Held Pencil Sharpener, because the blade is very good, it's very inexpensive, and I really appreciate how it catches the shavings. The top screws
on, so you don't have to worry about pencil shavings falling out if you accidentally drop the sharpener.
For good lighting, I really like my Ott-Light. It gives off a whiter light than most lamps will. The whiter
light will help you avoid eyestrain, but an added benefit is that it allows you to see color more correctly.
Ott-Lite TrueColor Tabletop Lamp
(Stuff you don't necessarily have to have, but are really handy!)
Ellipses are great for drawing eyes, but you are bound to find some other uses for these handy templates too. They can sometimes
help in drawing jewelry, buttons, etc.
Chartpak Pickett Ellipses Templates