Drawing Curriculum 1: Supplies

This video is part 1 in a Drawing Curriculum designed for self-taught artists. (Watch Part 2) This discussion provides an insight into the immense range and types of drawing media: charcoal, colored pencils, graphite, erasers, pastels, pens, markers, scratchboard, inks, drawing surfaces, drawing accessories, smudging tools, surfaces, and sketchbooks. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Lauryn Welch and Cat Huang.

Video Walkthrough

  • It’s easy to be suspicious of “new” art supplies on the market, but keep an open mind!
  • There is a lot more to graphite supplies than you think, see all the different forms graphite comes in.
  • Charcoal is really great for loosening up your drawing style.
  • Some supplies you can skip, or buy in a very cheap version.
  • Work with an “army of erasers.” Each eraser has it’s own special talent, unique to itself.
  • Working with the wrong paper can sometimes get in the way of having a good experience with a medium.
  • Drawing with markers is a great entry point for painting.
  • Working with a drawing material you can’t erase can get you to really deal with your drawing.
  • Other supplies are worth paying for if you can.
  • Pastels, oil pastels, crayons, and colored pencils vary tremendously from brand to brand.
  • Get recommendations from other artists on what specific brands are like.
  • There is no brand that is “the best,” it comes down to personal preferences.

Artists Mentioned

  • Chris Ofili
  • Alan Lee
  • Julie Mehretu
  • Frank Auerbach
  • David Alfaro Siqueiros
  • Hokusai
  • Francisco Goya
  • Daniel Zeller
  • Casey Roonan

Art Supplies

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