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2mm graphite holder. I recently discovered them and have multiple. Staedtler makes good ones.
(Man, I hate writing long responses on mobile!) I'm just throwing stuff down as I think of it, so this might be choppy and random.
I don't know if she likes pencil, but one of my favorite art possessions is my Prismacolor Colored Pencil set. Also I've grown quite fond of my drafting pencil. One or two of those + leads and sharpener might be nice.
Oh yeah, kneaded erasers. Invaluable.
Maybe the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain? A number of the exercises in there are ones I had to do in my college courses. If you can find a non-dry art history book, that would be good, too! Also, (I have to say this as a library employee) you might want to head to your local library and check out the books there, and write down ones that look good to you!
I'm also going to suggest mixed-media stuff: origami, watercolors, paper-cutting, fabric or yarn crafts, etc.
Ooh, and less traditional stuff! I have no idea about her likes and hobbies, but here's some things I like: Zentangle, fashion design, fashion drawing, jewelry design, nail art, or makeup.
Another important thing: storage! A nice bag/box or portfolio to put her stuff in.
I think this is a great thing you're doing. Hopefully it will help shape her life :)
You have to try the Staedtler Field Pencil. It's outstanding. Nice and thick and great if you find lead breaking all the time!
if you want a drop-clutch system
Staedtler Mars Technico 780
if you want a incremental advance system like graphgear 500
there are other color choices for second one. 925-35-20 comes in navy and black.
not a fine lead, but i've never seen one fail.
It is a type of mechanical pencil called a lead holder. One with 2mm lead. There are a lot of lead holders with metal knurling like that. It could be a Staedtler Mars Technico. That is the most likely one.
Lead holders are my absolute favorite kind of pencil.
No mess with wood shavings. You can adjust the lead to different lengths without having to fuss with all this nonsense. Most of them have a lead sharpener built into the cap.
You can save the graphite powder for laying down value later.
You can get anywhere from 2mm to 5.6mm lead holders. Anything smaller than 2mm is typically a normal mechanical pencil. The 5.6mm holders are great for large, gestural, figure drawing pieces. Similar to graphite sticks.
Just like mechanical pencils, they stay the same length; no more tiny nub pencils just because it is the last of that grade you have. The leads are very economical with a wide range of grades. You can just have 1 lead holder and swap the different grades in and out if you wanted to. You can retract the lead before putting it in your pocket.
There are top-quality models of mechanical pencils with great craftsmanship, style, weight, and hand-feel.
Check out r/mechanicalpencils
It's called a lead holder, or just a mechanical pencil for 2mm leads. I have one by Staedtler, similar to this.
The lead holder (red cap) i could fid for 7$ each on amazon but the “combo” is about 10$ also on amazon.
That’s what i got buddy.
For my outdoor journal, which is RITR, I like to use a classic Staedtler Mars 780. It's a very durable and timeless design. It uses nice thick 2mm lead, so you don't have to worry about breakage under stressful outdoor conditions, and you can play around with leads of varying hardness for your drawing and writing needs. A sharpener is built into the cap. This pencil and a cheap retractable eraser will go a long way.
I highly recommend the pencil that I use, It's even on a pretty good sale right now!
And this is the sharpener:
The softness of lead is up to you, since that's preference.
here you go
I use a nice drafting pencil. It's defiantly not in your $2-$3 range though, especially since you need to get a special sharpener as well. However, the thing is, the leads are 4x as thick as normal mechanicals and never break and the thing writes forever. It's also trivially easy to swap out different leads if I want to do shading or take notes or whatever. Compared ye ole Bic, it's expensive as hell, but they literally last for decades.
For pens, I'm a fountain pen fan boy but they're not really as practical as a good rollerball. My go to pen is a disposable fountain since I'm not keen on carrying around my really nice fountain pen. For outlining maps and such I use ultra fine point sharpies.
Writing tools are very much a 'you get what you pay for' thing but diminishing returns kicks in very early. I wouldn't tell you to buy a $200 fountain pen, but I do highly recommend you pick up some higher end rollerball pens and a good 2mm drafting pencil.
does this look like everything i need?
sharpener i figure it easier to keep the lead inside the pencil than to take it out and sharpen.
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