As a beginner, you will want to keep things simple. Don't buy a lot of different drawing materials. It is probably best to concentrate on using one or two drawing media so that you can become proficient with them before you try others. Learning to master one medium, such as graphite, will give you more confidence to use other media. The following are sources for purchasing your art supplies.
Going to an art store is a very enjoyable experience because it is exciting to see all of the available materials. As mentioned in Chapter 2, when buying paper, it is better to go to a store and buy it than to buy it online (see below). This way, you can make an informed decision, because you can feel the texture of the paper and determine whether or not it suits your needs.
ON THE WEB
The Internet has made buying art materials very simple. You will find that most bricks-and-mortar art stores also have a Web site like Utrecht (www.utrechtart.com). An online catalog makes it easy to locate what you want and to see everything that is available. Most online stores also deliver. There is often no charge for delivery if you spend over a certain amount of money on materials. You could team up with other artists to make one order to reduce your costs.
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