I am from India and thinking of starting sketching.

As a beginner I am going to buy 2H, 2B and 4B (I hope that is enough).

What I need to know is some inexpensive method/white pencil for highlighting.

Can I use the hard white chalk used for writing on slate?

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I wonder what you mean by highlighting a sketch? If you work on a white (or almost white) paper then the only thing you gonna need is a soft (6b) pencil or even cheaper a regular HB penci to start. But I recommend a 6B. If you gonna work on a toned paper or cardboard then be aware that chalk won't work well on graphite. Also a black and a white one will give you a slight blueish cast if mixed. Thereby going with a 6b and leaving the highlights untouched is better. If needed you can use an eraser as a cheating option.

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    Using an eraser for highlights isn't a "cheating" method, it's just a method.
    – Allison C
    Commented Jan 19, 2018 at 14:22
  • @allison_c in fact the eraser is a useful drawing tool but I mentioned it that way so the OP gets better to control the pencil pressure for shading as well as line quality by not erasing the mistakes.
    – user174174
    Commented Jan 19, 2018 at 22:09

I would recommend using a white wax crayon or even better a white artists pastel. They are pretty cheap...

Now that I think about it, you should do well to also get a quite soft pencil like a 6b instead of the 4b - because the difference is quite real.

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