There are several types of eraser, each good for different tasks. Using an eraser creates crumbs so it’s a good idea to invest in a brush like the Jackson’s Art Drafting Brush/Drawing Broom, which is a great choice for removing eraser crumbs without smudging and smearing your work. The best choice is a soft large brush that won’t damage the paper or smudge your work.
• Rubber eraser
These are the most common types of erasers but you will need a specific rubber eraser to be able to remove coloured pencils. Tombow coloured pencil eraser is a particularly good one.
• Kneaded eraser
This type of eraser allows you to mould it into whatever shape works best for you – large and flat to remove lots of pigment or moulded into a point to erase small details. This type of eraser won’t leave any residue on the page either. Faber-Castell make a great kneaded eraser.
• Vinyl eraser
This eraser is the hardest of the lot and can even erase ink marks! They feel smooth when erasing – like butter on the paper. This helps the eraser to not catch the paper which can cause folds and creases. The Steadtler Mars Plastic erasers are particularly good.
• Electric eraser
Electric erasers are one of the most popular choices for artists. This tool is slightly different to normal erasers and therefore requires practice before using so you’re used to how it behaves. The Sakura Electric eraser is a great choice.