It is just a flat head pastel brush I got from the art supply store.
However, that isn't graphite at the corners, it is charcoal. I find that powdered charcoal spreads with much more interesting textures than graphite. I use graphite for smooth shading, but charcoal for textures
I will use just about anything if it looks like it might do something interesting. I have even used makeup brushes and the black shavings at the bottom of a pencil sharpener hahaha
Some things I have in my arsenal for drawing:
• as many different types of brushes I can possibly find (never use fingers to blend or "smudge", I don't even like tortillons or paper stumps but that is a personal preference) • kneaded eraser (some will say Blu-Tack, but I have never tried that) • electric eraser (staetdler is the one I use www.engineersupply.com/Staedtl… ) • Test out every single pencil out there to find the brand you are most comfortable with. However, it is a good idea to switch them up sometimes, so you remember why you chose the ones you did (I love Mitsu-bishi pencils, so smooth) • Eraser pen like a Tombow (I use the fine one) www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Tomb…
Those are just a few of the major things I use on my drawings
The trick is to try everything you come by. I have done everything including scratching the board to add white hairs before I lay down the shading
Wow, i didn't expect a wall of text like this as a reply to my simple question, thank you for taking the time to give me such a complete answer
As i lack tools, i blend the graphite/charcoal with my fingers, despite the fact a lot of artists say it is not a good way to apply shadings or effets with pencils. I don't really care about that, i'm quite satisfied of what i can do with my fingers ^^ The only "fancy" tool i use is a pencil-eraser, and it really became much essential for my pencil artworks.
However, i will make good use of your advices, and some day i will probably need some of these tools. The makeup brush looks like the cheapest and the easiest to find so i'll better give it a shot
I see lots of people smudging with their fingers, but to get seriously smooth shading, the oils in your hand will add a texture that you cannot get rid of. And if you touch a piece of paper and then go over it with the charcoal like you see here, it will leave unmistakable fingerprints in the image and there is no way to get them back off of the paper. That takes a lot of time and practice, but you will really see the difference once you start using brushes or makeup sponges
Well pastels are really difficult tools to handle.
Dry pastels, for example, are difficult to spread well, and impossible to erase completly. Actually, when you use pastels, you have an extreme lack of accuracy in your drawing and this is the main weak point of these tools in my opinion, not to mention that blending colors with pastels gives a terrible result, most of the time, unless you choose your colors very well.
But i managed to make some good artworks with pastels, so i'm pretty sure a skilled artist like you will not encounter that much troubles. At least, just try out some random effects and forms and it will come with time