Drawing Lessons Materials

I would like each student to experience as wide a range of materials to draw with as possible. However, I am trying to keep the overall cost of materials as low as possible. In addition to the required list below, feel free to bring additional materials, inks, brushes, pens, different types of paper, just about anything you can make a mark with or on.


Papers & Pads

18 x 24 Strathmore Sketch or Drawing Pador the equivalent: This paper has a medium surface with little tooth to it and is good for pencil, graphite, Conte crayon, pen and ink, and brush drawings.

18 x 24 News Print Pad: This paper is inexpensive, has a smooth surface and is good for charcoal and Conte crayon. This paper is great for power drawing, 2-minute drawings and quick gesture drawings.

18 x 24 Charcoal Paper Pad: This paper has a rough surface excellent for charcoal, pastel, and chalk drawings. It comes in a variety of colors as well as white.

9 x 12 Sketchbook or Larger: If you are serious about learning to draw, this is an essential part of the process. You should have it with you at all times. It is good for practicing exercise sets, sketching ideas, and sketching what you see. Every time you have a few minutes draw something in your sketchbook.

Note: It is more economical to buy drawing paper in bulk rather than a pad or single sheet, however, you have to buy a much larger quantity. Some papers are packaged in 100 sheets but most often paper is sold by the ream (500 sheets). Paper is graded by its weight per ream, e.g., 80 lb. weight drawing paper means the 500 sheets weigh 80 pounds.

Pencils, Pens, and Crayons

Drawing Pencils: 6H, 2H, HB, 2B, 6B. Drawing pencils are manufactured in eighteen different degrees ranging from 9H the hardest to 7B the softest.

Graphite Sticks: 1/4" 2B and 6B, 1/2" 2B and 6B. Graphite comes in pencil and stick form. The stick form used on its side can created wonderful broad tones, and when used on an edge can create delicate fine lines.

Conté Crayons: sanguine, black 2B, and white 2B. Conté crayons are hard pastels that are smooth and rich in pigment. Sticks are 2-1/2" long × 1/4" square. They can be purchased individually or in packages of 2 or 12.

Charcoal: Compressed charcoal sticks, 2 medium and 2 extra soft; willow charcoal sticks, 3 medium. (Vine charcoal is dark gray while willow charcoal is black.)


Kneaded Rubber Eraser: Large. This large eraser molds into any shape, erases cleanly, and picks up all residue. It is excellent for removing or highlighting pencil, chalk, charcoal, and pastel.

Gum Eraser: This white eraser is an all-purpose gum eraser that won't crumble or crack.

Soft Pink Beveled Eraser: This soft pink beveled eraser, for erasing pencil lines, comes in two sizes.

Eraser Stick: This hard eraser is great to use as a drawing instrument.

Shading and Blending Tools

Shading Stumps: #1 and #3. These stumps are made of tightly spiral-wound, soft gray paper. Use them for smoothing and blending large areas of pastel or charcoal.

Tortillons: Small (3/16"), medium (1/4"), large (5/16"). Tortillons are used for smoothing and blending pastel and charcoal, and detailed stumping. They are spiral-wound with one pointed end.


Chamois Cloth: Approximately 5" x 7". Good for blending and changing the tone of large areas of charcoal or crayon.

Sharpening and Point Shaping Tools

Sandpaper Block: Sandpaper is the simple way to keep a point on difficult-to-sharpen drawing pencils, charcoal, pastels, or crayons and to create various types of points not possible with a pencil sharpener.

Single-edge Razor Blades: Used to sharpen and shape pencils, crayons, etc.
Pencil Sharpener: Small hand sharpener.
Brown Paper Bag: Used for pencil and graphite dust from sanding and shaping.

Miscellaneous Materials

Workable Matte Fixative: Workable fixative is easy to work with, dries in seconds, and does not wrinkle, smudge, or smear. This fixative gives lasting protection to pencil, charcoal, and chalk, yet erases easily.

18" Ruler

Artist Masking Tape

Sketch Boards for 18 x 24 Pad: The pad is secured by a heavy clip and a rubber band at the bottom for easy transport. The board is made of 1/8" thick Masonite and is very lightweight.


Suggested Art Material Supplies


Blick Art Materialswww.dickblick.com


Jerry's ArtaramaJerrysartarama.com

Daniel SmithDanielSmith.com