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Miniature Drawing - Supplies by Cataclysm-X Miniature Drawing - Supplies by Cataclysm-X
EDIT :: Changed the layout a bit to make it look more pleasant to the eye :)

A guide to the art materials that I use for drawing miniatures.

My 0.3mm mechanical pencil looks like a Sonic Screwdriver! :dummy:

Including a preview to my newest project ;D
Firstly: I got into Doctor Who just recently. Just finished watching season 4. And may I say I love this TV show to bits!

Guys, I'm sorry I'm not around much lately. I'm not doing well, but I try to keep as active as possible @ deviantART... (:

Hope you are well. Cheers.
Miss you :heart:

In short:
1. drawing board
I bought this board when I wasn't sure I needed it, but boy am I glad I got it after all. It has a flat and smooth surface, which makes drawing on any type of paper super comfortable. It's from the brand Faber Castell, in case you're interested.

2. 0.5mm mechanical pencils
From up to down: 3B, 2B, B, HB, H, 2H, 4H. B means it got a soft (dark) lead, while H is hard (light). Before I got my 0.3mm mechanical pencils, I used these to draw details. Now I merely use them for shading and basic layers!

3. tissue
Used for shading, albeit teeny tiny spots since tissues are commonly used for shading large areas rather than small areas.

4. cotton pad
Also useful for shading. Doesn't leave ugly marks behind :) but only usable for mid-large areas.

5. Q-tip
Useful for shading small areas.

6. tortillion
Useful for REALLY small areas (and yet still too big for blending most of the facial features).

7. needle
The needle is being used for adding white highlights by dipping its tip into the liquid of the gel pen. That way I can make the smallest possible highlights which aren't achievable with erasers.

8. mirror
...and my hand! I use a mirror to check my drawings for proportional mistakes. If you don't know what I mean, try checking your own drawings with a mirror. ;D

9. magnifying glass
A.k.a. Adam, the magnifying glass. The day I bought this useful tool to magnify the details of my drawings, I met a sweet salesguy who looked JUST like Adam Lambert.

10. frame
To measure the size for my drawing area. I bought a small square frame which I want to use for this particular project. As you can see, I will make a total of 9 little drawings for this project!

11. drawing paper
Extra smooth drawing paper which is actually printing paper that is usually being used at the office. I got a whole pack of 400 pages for €3. Aside from the Hahnemühle sketchbook paper that I normally use, this type of paper is my favourite to use!

12. ruler
To measure the little frames for my drawings.

13. pencil eraser/brush
An eraser in the shape of a pencil/brush that I use to get rid of unwanted outlines. The brush can be used to wipe away erased parts.

14. gel pen
To be used with the needle, to create teeny tiny wibbly wobbly highlights!

15. 0.25mm fineliner
Once the drawings are finished, I use a fineliner to trace the mini frames.

16. kneaded eraser
Useful for any kind of erasing. I prefer to use a kneaded eraser to create highlights and to smoothen skintones.

17. blue + red pencils
Not 2 regular supplies for drawing miniatures, but I do need them for this particular project. You'll see once the drawing is done!

18. regular eraser
To erase... regular stuff. One swing with this eraser and my entire miniature portrait is gone. *lol* Need to be CAREFUL.

19. small brush
So since when does drawing require painting too? Never!
Brushes are excellent tooks for blending as well. The softer the graphite (= B pencils) the easier it will be to blend. I like to use these for blending backgrounds and skintones.

20. small sharp brush
Same as #19, the small brush. Except this one can blend even smaller parts!

21. 0.3mm HB mechanical pencil
For adding teeny tiny dark details.

22. 0.3mm H mechanical pencil
For adding teeny tiny mid-dark details and shading.

23. 0.3mm 2H mechanical pencil
For shading... teeny tiny parts.


Watch my other tutorials here!
1. Eye tutorial
2. Nose tutorial
3. Hair tutorial
4. Shading & Blending tutorial
5. Drawing Progress tutorial
6. Detailed Hair part 1
7. Detailed Hair part 2
8. Editing Drawings
9. Drawing Materials
10. Male Lips tutorial
11. Female Lips Tutorial
12. Proportions Tutorial
13. Sketch to Group Image tutorial
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rajanfikra Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015
Nice and detailed for a person to understand what a sincere effort is.

tcarroll12 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Where do you get a .3 pencil?
FluffyGerbil Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Okay. This is gonna sound weird, but that's adorable. It's so tiny...X3
KiradaAndFriends Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love doctor who and this drawing is awesome!!!!!! and from the 2€ I can tell that you're from germany! I'm from germany too!! yaaaay!
Loofen Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
maybe you should start producing stamps
wolfpride1011 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013


Can u make a mini matt smith please
LoveIsSick Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not the only one that noticed! XD
wolfpride1011 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Rock-well Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Pas mal!
CruzdeMauricio Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
es imprecionante el dibujo en miniatura,
estoy empesando en el dbujo y veo que me hacen falta materiales pense que solo con un lapiz,
una hoja y un borrador podias hacer grances dibujos, ahora comprendo, como hacen las lucez
mbeki Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
This tut helped me a lot - thank you very much for this! Great work!
CUnReno Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I love your work. Especialy your miniature drawings. 10 hours on a 1x1 inch square! You should have been a brain sergeon with the level of micro movement control you have. cheers!
Skye-Rhyder Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
0.3mm pencils are unfindable where I am,any suggestion?

He must be from the new series, are they counting the movie?
Proff-Cherrya Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
i also didnt find any 0.35 pencils in my dumb town, so i just googled them up and ordered one along with the white gel pen&micron fineliner that she also has xd i bought a rotring pencil that cost me 3-4$ so they're rather cheap. i'm pretty sure at least one online magazine from your country will have them, so good luck ;)
BeyondSenses Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
You're too awesome. My admiration
agamarlon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student
I'm sorry, I really gotta express my feeling in a useless comment.

Holy Shit!!!
airarachnea Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Yay! Another Whovian! Your drawing is great, by the way.
yourmom246 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i have the size 23 pencil in the second sqaure only in color blue!!!
AppleGrassxx Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing !! I could never draw that good let alone on such a small scale
raklin21 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
I don't know what to say... just wow... 'cause the are no proper word for that. I have never thought that is possible do draw so tiny things.
dragonfyre73 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah. I've decided. you will be watched. You're too awesome to not watch
iherrero20 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for teaching your tools
Torture-Angelique Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are my god.
Elemenoose Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Artist
BAHH. David Tennant ♥ Lovely drawing by the way (:
Psyartista9 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Fantastic! Thank you for posting this. :iconimevenhappierplz:
I'm definitely going to take your list to heart and hopefully one day I'll be able to start a miniature series of my own.
Your minis are fantastic btw; quite a skill to be able to draw something/someone at that size.
Nazaxprime Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
I approve your toolkit. All items are essential for detail work. Great work on all your miniature work, patience, truly is a virtue.
Snazzmatazz Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student General Artist
wow! i never would have thought you would need so many tools to draw something so little!
impressive :)
narutokunobessed Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student General Artist
This is closely related to the guys who engrave money prints for a living. I think that job would get more crazy with that many security details.

But still, awsome works on the mintures.
scratchisme Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Student General Artist
holy crap that is intense.
LinkHalo00 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student General Artist
*jaw drops to floor at time it took to do little portrait*
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
LinkHalo00 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
mapelie Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! And yikes so many cool tools to make such small drawings. I do miniatures too but they're mostly involve paint and I use few tools such as no.1 paint brush and poster paint. Lol! Your drawings are awesome!
adventaim Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student General Artist
These are so cool! I have numbers 22 and 23, although my 23 is a .5 :)
xdamm Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Wow, awesome set of tools and AWESOME mini drawings, I totally like em. Oh and BTW, +1 for the Pentel Graphgear 1000, I have a 0.5mm one and it's my favorite mechanical pencil ever!
Photoshop-Queen Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Ik zag dat je Nederlands was doordat je een aantal materialen precies hetzelfde hebt :P

Maar supermooi, die Adam Lambert tekening! Wauw. Jij bent nu mijn nieuwe voorbeeld, haha. Ik heb gisteren Emma Watson getekend en die is nog niet half zo mooi!
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Dankjewel! Oh dat zal wel meevallen :) heb je jouw portret in jouw gallery staan?
density-tmr Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
A nice collection - thanks for sharing

I got my hands on a copic multiliner 0.05mm marker pen the other day. It is excellent for fine cross hatching - something I have never tried before but have discoverred I love doing!
mahboobeh3617 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
kilmeister Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the tool tutorial. Very nice. I have a magnifier built into my desk lamp. Great for minis and shedding light. Good work. Hope you get to feeling better.
kilmeister Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a nice magnifier that is built into my lamp. Sheds light on the project and great for minis. Great tool kit for miniatures. Thanks for sharing
Tombwalker-66 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
Stunning work. Great detail on such a small scale.

I would have to use a magnifying glass for drawing/painting that small. (Actually, I do use magnifying glass for my figure painting) 3:)

I find on the small scale it is harder to correct any mistakes.
HellenaVU Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011   General Artist
awesome!!!! *O*
ladyriven Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never seen anyone do something like your tiny portraits.. they're really fantastic!
ironicpink Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
much :heart:'s for this! thanks to you, I will totally start doing this! +fav!
Moznic Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Wow so many supplies for a portrait! Keep up the good work!
Trola Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I hold my pencil wierder than anybody I've ever met, and people sometimes laugh at me because of it, but I don't care because if I hold it any other way, my hand cramps up a lot faster and/or my writing/drawings look horribly messy!
nefarioustwilight Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing this! =] I was wondering - maybe a weird question? - what make is that brush with the grip?/where did you get it? Thanks again. =]
Pr0tegE Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Where did you buy #21? =O
Han2428 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
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