The supplies for this class are *so* simple: a sketchbook and pencils! The video shows my materials, and I’ve added some extra notes in the text below.
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I recommend finding a “fun” sketchbook that’ll make you WANT to draw every day. I picked one up at my local craft store – it’s not the greatest sketching paper (it has a little odd texture), but I loved the cover and then deckled edges of the handmade paper! (See it in the video.) I found mine on Amazon if you like it.
My book is 8 x 11, and I recommend getting that size or larger. You could work small, but I’m recommending filling up at least one page a day, two if you can – if you use a tiny sketchbook you’ll want to multiply that to get enough sketch time in.
Pencil does rub off, and as you put pressure on one page, the graphite on the back will transfer to the opposite page. Spraying can help with some of that, but it won’t fix it permanently, usually, when you’re pressing on the back. My solution: I use Delacroix fixative, let it dry, then put a sheet of copier paper between pages. Once I’m done drawing in the whole book, the fixative is enough to keep it from becoming a mess – but while working in it, having paper to protect it works decently. Remember, it’s a sketchbook – it’s not meant to last forever. We’re practicing!
If you plan to do sketching aside from pencil work, you might consider getting a “mixed media” sketchbook that can handle pen or light watercolor – but in this class, it’s alllll pencil. Even thin paper will work great.
Many companies make pencils in a variety of weights….and I haven’t found any art brands that are “bad” at pencils. (That would be a heroic effort!) In class I’m using several:
If you buy just a couple individual ones, I’d recommend something at the lighter, mid, and dark end.
Things you don’t need
This may go without saying but…you don’t need rulers or erasers or any other special tools. You of course can cheat and use them – but I’m hoping you won’t!
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