Figure and Portrait Drawing/Painting Supply List


Paper, anywhere between 11x14” and 18x24” - I like Strathmore Series 400

Several Drawing Pencils - 2H, H, HB, B, 2B

Pencil Sharpener or razorblades and sandpaper

Kneaded eraser


The brand doesn’t matter, so long as they are not water mixable. I like Gamblin for a high quality, inexpensive brand that is very pliable. A basic palette might include flake white,* raw umber, burnt umber, yellow ochre/raw sienna, cadmium red, cadmium orange, transparent oxide red (Rembrandt)*, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, ivory black, and viridian. 

*Titanium White is an inferior substitute, but would work just fine.
**Burnt Sienna is an inferior substitute, but would work just fine.


For this workshop we will be doing 7 portraits, so we'll need 7 supports, somewhere between 9"x12" and 16" x 20". You can use either acrylic gesso primed canvas or oil primed linen. I like oil primed linen because it is less absorbent than acrylic gesso, so the paint is easier to manipulate for a longer period of time. It also leaves the paint looking much more rich and luminescent. You can use either linen that is glued to a panel, stretched over stretcher bars, or just bring in loose sheets of acrylic or oil linen and we can staple or tape them to a board. I will also have some oil primed linen available for sale at my studio (Claessens DP #15) for $7 for an 11x14.”


A variety of brushes is preferable, namely flats, filberts, and rounds. I like softer hair brushes, such as the Rosemary’s Eclipse Series or Series 279. For this class, sizes 3, 4, 5, and 6 might be apt. I also like some hog bristle filberts such as those by Robert Simmons Signet for drawing, and some small synthetic rounds such as Princeton Summit for details.


Gamsol - It's the the cleanest of the odorless mineral spirits.

Container for Gamsol - they sell metal containers for this, but a glass jar would work just fine.

Wooden palette - No smaller than about 12'-13" in diameter. 

Paper towels - Viva is the best, though anything works

Palette knife - The ones that are symmetric, shaped like a diamond might be best, but any one will do. 

Apron, or clothes that they don't mind getting paint on

Small handheld mirror

Palette cups (optional) - These are nice to put a small about of medium in while painting. They attach to your palette.

Linseed oil (optional) - refined or cold pressed. Any brand will do. 

Hat, visor, or baseball cap (optional - I will explain this on the first day of class)