Portrait Drawing

9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
PAPER: The type of paper is very important. You will need a smooth, white, bond paper, very similar in quality to office bond in terms of surface. Canson (and others) make a Layout Bond pad that is a good choice. Buy either the 14” X 17” size (minimum), or 18” X 24”. Dakota Art on Roosevelt is having a sale on the 14” X 17” pads and has a dozen in stock for around $10. Do NOT buy a paper with noticeable tooth, or newsprint.


  • Soft Vine charcoal: Get 5-8 packages to start (3 sticks to a package)
  • Charcoal pencils: Ritmo 3B & B and Pitt soft & medium

ERASERS, etc.:

  • Chamois (soft cloth for large erasures) . Best purchased in auto department, much less $$.
  • Kneaded eraser (gray, not blue)
  • Soft white vinyl eraser in plastic holder (Eberhard Faber)
  • One-hole, wedge-shaped sharpener (must be new & sharp)


  • Workable fixative (i.e. Krylon aerosol can)
  • Board Clips to attach your pad to the drawing board
  • Large sheets of glassine (protects finished drawings)
  • Knitting needle (or equivalent) as drawing aid
Working from portrait models, study the essential tech­niques and concepts of proportion, line, value, volume, structure, and composi­tion. Our focus will be on the basic con­cepts of drawing applied to the human form, and visual processing – trans­lating what you see into a compelling portrait using simple techniques.