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Best Gifts For The Artist In Your Family This Holiday Season

Updated on August 9, 2014

What To Buy an Artist For a Gift

Have you got a gift to buy, and you've perused Amazon, as well as all the local stores, and you've gotten almost everything you need, except, what about you know who? What in the world does he or she like to do?

Does he like to draw? Does she like to paint? What about sculpting? Well, you'd like to get something they could really use, and make something with, but what? What in the world do those types of crazies use when they're trapped in their homes penciling or painting away? Well, I'm going to give you my two-cents.

I'm going to give you a list of all sorts of art supplies that many artists would be thrilled to receive, and in some cases, I'll give you the why, as well. Otherwise, I'll give you a link out of here to find the info you're looking for.

This list isn't all inclusive. And in truth, it's really just my own personal Christmas list of things that I'd like to receive this year. But hopefully, it will give you some ideas on what to give that artsy person in your family you just can't get crossed off.

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Pencils
Pencils

It All Began With Pencils, Right?

If you're talking about sketching, then you'll want to start with pencils. You don't need to go crazy here, but a nice set of sketching pencils can be great. Most sets come with several pencils of varying degrees of hardness, each with a different feel. The set may also come with a small eraser and sharpener.

Along with the standard sketching pencils, sometimes it's fun to go out and get some colored pencils. There are different types of colored pencils for different purposes. For more on that, check out Coloured Pencils - Resources for Artists.

Photo Credit: Taken By Me

A Few Options for Pencil Sets - When you're drawing you want some options, so here they are.

It's about having what you need, and having it right there.

Pro Art 3078 18-Piece Sketch/Draw Pencil Set
Pro Art 3078 18-Piece Sketch/Draw Pencil Set

Pro Art offers and inexpensive option for sketching pencils that rivals some of the most expensive brands.

 
Pro Art 36-Piece Artist Pencil Set
Pro Art 36-Piece Artist Pencil Set

This is a mixed bag from Pro Art of sketching pencils, colored pencils and watercolor pencils to give some great options. There is a big difference between the two. Watercolor pencils require a water treatment to get the fullest affect of the pencil, while others just need to be made of the best material, and last.

 
Paper
Paper

Finding the Best Paper

Paper is another easy option. But before you buy this type of thing, you need to understand what type of art the paper is needed for, because there are different types. There's sketchbooks, drawing paper, watercolor paper, and many other types. You need to get a sense of what type of art you're buying for before you buy paper that's not going to be strong enough, or possible won't have the right feel.

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A Few Options for Paper - You want sturdy, and you want lots.

Paper needs to stand up to artists who'll use different kinds of pencils, pens or brushes, and different levels of densities of each. So, the paper has to be tough enough to handle it, and there's go to be plenty of sheets, because I don't know anyone who just draws once, and is done.

Canson Artist Series Universal Paper Sketch Pad, for Pencil and Charcoal, Micro-Perforated, Side Wire Bound, 65 Pound, 9 x 12 Inch, 100 Sheets
Canson Artist Series Universal Paper Sketch Pad, for Pencil and Charcoal, Micro-Perforated, Side Wire Bound, 65 Pound, 9 x 12 Inch, 100 Sheets

A sketchbook is a must have for any practicing artist, and Canson makes sturdy books that can stand up to all sorts of weather. It's wire bound, and a can be taken anywhere.

 
Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad, 14"x17" Tape Bound, 20 Sheets
Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad, 14"x17" Tape Bound, 20 Sheets

This is 17-inches by 14-inches of bristol board paper. That's a lot of canvas to draw on, and bristol board is strong paper. It's like cardboard.

 
Strathmore 440-5 400 Series Watercolor Pad, Cold Press, 18"x24" Wire Bound, 12 Sheets
Strathmore 440-5 400 Series Watercolor Pad, Cold Press, 18"x24" Wire Bound, 12 Sheets

This is tough watercolor paper. It's 18-inches by 24-inches, so there's plenty of space to work with.

 

What To Do About Paint?

Whether it's watercolor or oil, or some other variation, there's an abundance of opportunities here to buy someone a gift. The truth is, I don't really have the expertise in painting, so for this, I'll direct your attention to some other articles.

What is the best brand of watercolor paint for artists?

Watercolor Painting Kits For Teens and Adults

The Best Books about Watercolour Painting

Getting Started with Oil Painting: Recommended Materials and References

These should give you a good start on paint.

Erasers and Sharpeners
Erasers and Sharpeners

Other Necessities For Artists

As far as drawing is concerned, you'll need a decent sharpener, and a good eraser.

For the sharpener, there's a number of options. There are small battery powered options, but they don't have as much power, and they tend to lose the ability to create a decent point after a while. If you want a pencil sharpener, you really want one that plugs into the wall. It will never fail you.

There are also hand operated sharpeners, and what you want here is one that keeps a sharp replaceable blade. The cheap plastic ones that typical grade school children use break off tips, and the blades quickly become dull. Another thing to look for is one that's adjustable for different sized pencils. There are several brands that have different sized holes. This is the ideal.

For erasers, what you are looking for is a kneaded eraser, which is one that's made of gum, and not the rubber erasers that leave shavings as they work. Kneaded erasers lift pencil off of paper to leave no trace, while rubber erasers tend to disturb the paper surface, and sometimes they destroy the area.

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Options for Sharpeners and Erasers

Kum AS2, Two Hole Automatic Long Point Pencil Sharpener, Mfg Part Number 1053021 (extra lids not included)
Kum AS2, Two Hole Automatic Long Point Pencil Sharpener, Mfg Part Number 1053021 (extra lids not included)

This is my favorite sharpener. It's small enough to fit into my palm, and it's surprisingly powerful. I keep it with me to keep my tips sharp, while I'm drawing.

 
X-ACTO Electric Sharpener, Two-Tone Silver/Gray (1900)
X-ACTO Electric Sharpener, Two-Tone Silver/Gray (1900)

Electric sharpeners are great. You can go with a battery powered one, but one that plugs into the wall will never fail you. And the power is great.

 
Design Kneaded Rubber Eraser Extra Large (SAN70532)- Sold Individually
Design Kneaded Rubber Eraser Extra Large (SAN70532)- Sold Individually

This is a kneaded eraser. It's good for eraser effects in your sketches. You pull it like taffy, and drag it across pencil to get a neat effect.

 
Digital Art
Digital Art

Digital Artists

If the artist you're buying for is a digital artist, and today, nearly all are, there's a great need for many different products. And even if he or she isn't currently a digital artist, the products you supply may bring on a whole new world of art, because digital artistry can be magnificent, if you have the right tools.

The first thing is a scanner. Most artists like to sketch with paper and pencil first. A scanner can give them the opportunity to scan the sketch into their PC to work on it with some software.

The next thing, and probably the best, is a drawing tablet. A drawing tablet is a light pen, and a pad, that can be plugged into the PC, like a mouse, but is serves both purposes, to be used as the mouse, and to draw. There are many brands now a days, but if you are talking tablets, the best in the biz is by Wacom. To find more on this, check out Top 10 Graphics Tablets | Graphic Tablet Brands and Reviews

And finally, if you want to do anything in digital art, you have to have some kind of software to do it, and let me tell you, they're expensive. From Photoshop to Corel Draw to Illustrator to Sketchbook Pro, there's a price tag on each one. There's a few freeware pieces of software that are real bargains like Gimp, MyPaint and Inkscape, but many artists drool over the commercial versions.

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Canon LiDE110 Color Image Scanner (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Canon LiDE110 Color Image Scanner (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Draw it on paper, scan it into the computer, and go to work. That's it. A scanner doesn't have to be fancy to do its job. It just has to work.

 
SketchBook Pro 6 [Old Version]
SketchBook Pro 6 [Old Version]

Sketchbook gives digital artists the closest feel to paper that can be had on a screen.

 
Books
Books

Best Books For Artists

I can't imagine ever considering myself done learning, so there's nothing better than getting a shiny new book. I have a stack of them waiting for me to get to each of them, but I can't think of why I wouldn't want more. There may be an updated copy of something, something I haven't seen, or maybe something I never even thought to look through. Either way, books are an easy sell for most hobbyists, and artistry is no different.

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Options For Books

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition

Say anything about learning to draw, and seven or more people will scream out this books. This is the one.

 
Drawing the Head and Figure: A How-To Handbook That Makes Drawing Easy
Drawing the Head and Figure: A How-To Handbook That Makes Drawing Easy

They say Hamm and Loomis perfected figure drawing, and this is Jack Hamm's book on it.

 
Figure Drawing for All It's Worth
Figure Drawing for All It's Worth

Just as before, Hamm and Loomis perfected figure drawing, and this is Andrew Loomis' book on it.

 
Figure It Out! The Beginner's Guide to Drawing People (Christopher Hart Figure It Out!)
Figure It Out! The Beginner's Guide to Drawing People (Christopher Hart Figure It Out!)

Hart offers a beginner's guide to drawing the human figure, in terms of comic book stylings.

 
Sword Six by Boneworld
Sword Six by Boneworld

Where To Find Boneworld

If you'd like to take a look at what I've drawn, so far, please stop by my DeviantArt gallery, or even my Zazzle store.

For Boneworld on DeviantArt, please go to http://boneworld.deviantart.com/.

For Boneworld on Zazzle, please go to http://www.zazzle.com/boneworld.

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to like this page if you got something out of it, and leave a comment below.

Will You Be Buying Any of These This Year?

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    • boneworld profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @CalobrenaOmai: That sounds awesome! I look you up on DeviantArt, and check it out. Your house sounds great. Are you selling any of the dog's work?

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      CalobrenaOmai 

      4 years ago

      I thought there was something devious about you. Hehe. Greetings fellow deviant! Thanks for helping me add to my wishlist. There are lots of artistic individuals in my house. Me, my brother and nephew do illustrative work, my sister does nail art and plays in makeup, my mom does smileys and flowers while my dog creates abstract art using fabric. I also dabble in writing, digital work and photography. Thanks for writing this. Am seriously considering dropping hints to people. Thanks again!

    • boneworld profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @Felicitas: You bet! It doesn't have to be Christmas. Any time's a good time for these kinds of gifts.

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      Felicitas 

      4 years ago

      I'm afraid I've missed the season. But, I think these supplies would be a great way to nurture the inner artist in all of us. Of course, we can't all be Van Gogh but, even so, painting and sketching can be a lot of fun and quite thereputic.

    • boneworld profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @flycatcherrr: You and me both, flycatcher. Graphics tablets are great. I have a cheap one now, but I'd really like to get something better, a Wacom tablet. And if Santa doesn't bring it for me, I'll probably be getting it for myself, eventually.

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      flycatcherrr 

      4 years ago

      I am hoping that Santa will bring me a graphics tablet. :)

    • boneworld profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @ColettaTeske: Those things can be important too. Maybe a potpourri of art supplies would be in order. Thanks for stopping by.

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      ColettaTeske 

      4 years ago

      Great list of art supplies! It's pretty easy for us to keep a good supply of art materials, it's the little things that we always run out of... thumbtacks, masking tape, paperclips, brush cleaning supplies.

    • boneworld profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @SusanDeppner: Wow, that sounds like a great idea. I'm sure he'd love the inspiration, and new materials. Thanks for stopping by, and leaving a comment.

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'd love for my son to paint a picture for my office wall. Perhaps I should choose what he might need and wrap it along with an order for a personal painting!

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