Drawing Materials and Tools

To perform the drawing exercises you will need the materials and tools below:
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Pencils (3b - 2h)

  • You draw with graphite drawing pencils of different grades in the range 3b to 2h. Graphite has the limitation that it's gray and has a tendency to shine. If you also want to draw black accents that do not shine, you should buy a set of Mars Lumograph Black pencils from the Staedtler brand too.


  • Charcoal. You can buy charcoal in different thicknesses. Best thing to do is buying a piece of thin charcoal for drawing lines and thick charcoal for drawing spaces.

Black and white chalk

  • Black and white chalk. The best are the crayons of the Conté à Paris brand. So no chalk pencils. Choose hardness 2B. The Conté à Paris crayons are not fat and not too soft. You can buy the crayons separately.

Chalk pencil

  • A chalk pencil with which you can make details in your chalk drawing. Black and white. Here only a white chalk pencil is depicted.

Pencil sharpener

  • A simple pencil sharpener satisfies, as long as it is always sharp. Buy spare blades if necessary.

Drawing board

  • A simple drawing board. There you attach your drawing paper when you draw. You can cut a board yourself too and fix the paper with a loose clamp. Make sure the board is big enough for A3 paper.

View finder

  • A viewfinder. This is a useful tool for determining the correct composition of a portrait. You look through the viewfinder for the model and determine the position of the model. A viewfinder can be made from gray or black colored cardboard and paper clips.

Drawing paper

  • We use standard white drawing paper of A4 size. You can use cheap copy paper for this. The paper may not be too smooth. In some exercises, we work with black and medium-gray paper, which you can buy in small quantities. For example in a block.

Scale divider

  • The scale divider is for accurate remote measurement of the model or object that you draw. It must have sharp points, other than the divider from Derwent, which it not sharp enough. A good scale divider is pricey. If you find the purchase too expensive, you can also use an ordinary drawing pencil or a pencil compass or a knitting needle for measuring. You find the scale divider with sharp points on Goggle when you search under "Accurasee proportional divider".

Pencil compass

  • A pencil compass. Instead of the scale divider. With its sharp ends, it is just as precise when measuring remotely, and certainly much cheaper. But the compass does not work as well as the scale divider.

knitting needle

  • A knitting needle. To replace the scale divider. It is less precise but also works for measuring remotely


  • A vinyl or plastic eraser. It looks like the ordinary old-fashioned rubber eraser. Such an eraser is suitable for removing larger parts of your pencil drawing. Buy a good quality eraser that does not stain and does not dry out. We have good experience with the eraser "Staedtler Mars Plastic".

Kneaded eraser

  • The kneaded eraser is necessary for the finer erasing work or when drawing with charcoal or chalk. In time the kneaded eraser becomes saturated with graphite and carbon and you have to buy a new one.

Pencil eraser

  • With a pencil, eraser you can make very accurately small corrections in your drawing.

Blending stump

  • A blending stump is very cheap. Buy a number different sizes. You use the blending stump to level out irregularly drawn surfaces or hatches. With the stump, you can also make beautiful transitions in tonal values.


  • You hardly need a ruler. But sometimes it can be useful to place proportions or angles exactly on your drawing paper.


  • A perpendicular. You won't often need it. You use it to ensure that a line or distance is exactly vertical. You can easily make the perpendicular yourself: a wire with a weight on it.

Fixing agent

  • Fixing agent, if you want to keep your nice charcoal or chalk drawing. It's in a spray can. Do not buy an expensive special fix, because cheap hairspray is just as good.


  • A stopwatch. You work on time in a number of exercises. Then a stopwatch is useful. But you can also use your watch or a clock.


  • Use a lamp for sharp lighting of your model, in order to get a wide range of tonal values from black to bright white. It's best to use a dimmable LED lamp on a tripod. Make sure you have a lamp whose color temperature is adjustable and that (also) works on battery.

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