Whimsical Sketching PreClass

Welcome to class! In the video today I’ll be introducing myself – and talking a little about how class will work, and the supplies you may wish to have on hand.

Please remember – by no means do you need fancy supplies in order to draw! This class is meant to inspire you to just sit down with paper and pencil or pen and make art – no pressure, just enjoy the process and try something that might be very new to you! All the videos are in ‘real time’ – which means there’s plenty of time to just sit and draw along with me.

How class works

You have instant access to all lessons in class, as soon as your purchase goes through. You can watch everything first and start drawing later, or draw along with me – I’d recommend the latter! If you’re not able to complete the lesson or want to take more time to get it done before moving on, do NOT stress about hurrying! Enjoy the intro video below and I’ll meet you afterward to talk more about supplies.

Pre Class Video


Link list is later in this post.

Papers: Test what you have on hand. Before starting class, I recommend trying out your papers and pens and see which feels “good” to your hand. The Copic sketchbook I am using, which seems to have since gone out of production, has a slightly “slicker” surface than the paper I use for coloring most of the time – it’s not slick like a glossy paper, but it is smooth enough for the pen to glide easily across the page. It’s about the “slickness” of color copier paper but a little thicker – and it can make sketching a little easier. So try what you have – and see what feels best to you.

sketchbook pens

Pens: These as well can be ones you may already have. For some lessons in class I’ll use Copic Multiliners – they have nice sets of both refillable (SP) and disposable with different sized nibs. They both draw the same way – the SP has nibs that are replaceable and they can be refilled, and the disposable cannot. (But the disposable kind still last a LONG time.) I also have used Flair pens, and fine line Sharpie pens – some will go through the back on some papers, so test out your pen and paper combos so you don’t get surprised with marks on your table!

Since the creation of this class, I’ve started buying fountain pens – elegant! My affordable recommendation is the TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen, fine nib or medium.


Erasers: My favorite eraser for almost all papers is the Prismacolor Kneaded Eraser – I’ve had mine since college, and other than losing it from time to time, it’s been by my side all these decades. Just pull and stretch it and it’s ‘self cleaning’ so it lasts for ages. But you can also use whatever eraser will work with your paper. When testing, make sure you erase pencil lines that are written over by your pen – just to be sure nothing crazy happens that you don’t expect.

kneaded eraser

Pencils: Sometimes you’ll be sketching something lightly in pencil before starting the pen work. You can easily use a regular old No. 2 school pencil, usually. (Depends on your paper.) But if you’d like to invest in a more robust set of pencils, I use Staedtler pencils for affordability (Grafwood by Caran d’ache when I feel fliush!); they come in a variety of “hardness” ratings – so they’ll give you different effects from the soft “B” to the hard “H” pencils. You’re welcome to do your class lessons in pencil if you prefer, too!


Other tools

Sometimes some drawing aids can be helpful….in this class, some of the things we’ll draw can be aided by circle templates of some kind. If you’re a crafter, you might have circle punches or dies – cut out a variety of sizes, and keep both the positive and negative pieces to try out. If you don’t have tools to create the circles – you can grab a variety of round things in your home – glasses, small bowls, candles, etc. Trace around those – and they should work great.

For straight lines, a basic ruler is just fine. You’ll see me use a fancy special ruler that I got when I was a sailor. Yes, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum kind of sailing! The one I have is a Weems and Plath ruler and has angles and all sorts of things you might use – but it’s likely too fancy for most folks! There’s a much less expensive option in the supply list below – or just simply use a regular ruler and mark off some measurements.

Testing Tips

  • Make sure your pen, pencil, paper, and eraser work nicely together.
  • Test to see how fast the pen ‘dries’ on the paper – so you know if your hand will drag ink around.
  • If you want to draw out your pictures in pencil first, have typing paper handy – you can rest your hand on it to keep drawing without spreading pencil all over while you’re working.
  • Don’t overlook the inexpensive papers you have – a piece of color copier paper could be just as use-able as a fancy sketchbook!

Supplies list


I retain the copyright to all the designs you are learning in class. That means you cannot sell the art from my site, the instruction, or anything contained or created within these lessons, to others. You may not sell the drawings you make based on this class, nor give them out as freebies. But you can absolutely make your own designs with your own images and do what you want with them — rock on!


Please share your art! You can share homework and ask questions in our Student Facebook Group for all classes here at Art-Classes…please do join in and see the work of fellow students! Each month there’s a giveaway hosted in the group, so don’t miss out on your chance to win.

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I'm an artist, papercrafter, instructor, Youtuber - and all around creative geek! I love all the mediums and experimenting with styles. I especially love seeing others take a step on their own creative journey...whether for the first time, or leaping into new territory as a creative veteran!