Drawing is inexpensive

This little elf was drawn using just one HB pencil

Compared with other hobbies, drawing really does require so very little. A pencil and a piece of paper is all you need.

When you type the words “drawing is cheap” into google, the first hits lead you to an array of relatively expensive drawing tablets and tech with the promise of magically making drawing more satisfying.

Drawing does not have to cost you any money at all. You can draw in the sand, with a stone, with your finger. Owning costly drawing tools does not make you better at drawing, and often dupes us into skipping the steps we can only learn from more primitive forms of mark-making. I began drawing at an age so young that no one remembers when I started. I have acquired a lot of equipment over the years, but I still begin (and often complete) every single drawing with the same 4 items:

A pencil, a paper, an eraser, a sharpener