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Drawing and Drafting : Getting Your Ideas Down on Paper

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The list author says: "I took a few architecture/drafting classes back in the day, and still like to sit down every now and then and draw up a few plans.

Mostly I plan out camping retreats and shaded getaways, but sometimes I go old school and draw some comic book characters.

These are the very basics you need to get back into drawing on the cheap. I have my drawing board tucked up next to a chair, with my utensils in a pouch ready to break out when I am inspired."
Portable Drawing Board with Aluminum Parallel Straightedge - PXB (18 in. L x 24 in. W)
Portable Drawing Board with Aluminum Parallel Straightedge - PXB (18 in. L x 24 in. W)
"This is a smaller one, but other sizes are available. Its necessary to angle your drawing....leaning over a flat desk is not conducive to hours of drawing. This one is small enough to fit in the lap and sit in a comfy chair, and includes a flat edge eliminating the need for a t-square."
Moleskine Art Plus Sketchbook, Large, Plain, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)
Moleskine Art Plus Sketchbook, Large, Plain, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)
"Moleskine books are great. You can read by glowing review of their planners. Here's a nice portable book for drawing on the go. Maybe you're at the Getty Center and want to sketch a few scenes, or visiting a FLW site in the Valley...I like to sketch my impression along with the usual photos."
Staedtler 12-Inches Architect Triangular Scale (98718-31BK)
Staedtler 12-Inches Architect Triangular Scale (98718-31BK)
"6 sides for plenty of measurements. Not much more expensive than a plain ole ruler, but much more useful. Put one in your pencil cup and look cool when people ask "what is that?""
Triangle Set 10" 30/60 & 8" 45/90
Triangle Set 10" 30/60 & 8" 45/90
"Helps to create dimension and draw a straight line."
Alvin DM07 Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil 0.7mm
Alvin DM07 Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil 0.7mm
"Good pencil with knurled grip for control. Alvin pencils last for years with no issues at a fair price. Fancier ones out there, but $40 for a pencil just buys fancy packaging."
Prismacolor Turquoise 2mm Drawing Lead Type 2H (12-per Tube)
Prismacolor Turquoise 2mm Drawing Lead Type 2H (12-per Tube)
QUINT GRAPHICS Compact Rotary Lead Pointer
QUINT GRAPHICS Compact Rotary Lead Pointer
Prismacolor Magic Rub Vinyl Drafting Erasers,    12-Pack (73201)
Prismacolor Magic Rub Vinyl Drafting Erasers, 12-Pack (73201)
"These are the best erasers I have ever used, and probably the best on the planet. Been a follower for about 12 years, and they are getting harder to find. Amazon has a great price on them. I will use no other! ***** Stars"