It has been brought to my attention that people may be interested in the art supplies I use and why therefore,I will begin with my favorite drawing mediums.
I really favor charcoal and sanguine chalk when I draw.
Nitram charcoal is my favorite brand- it is square and comes in HB, B and very soft in very large sticks. It was a french company at first but then it was bought by a canadian company. For the most part it is very consistent and you can sharpen them to a very sharp long point. There is a sand paddle you can get that does a marvelous job of sharpening and it lasts a long time which makes it worth the price.