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Expressive Figure Drawing: Contemporary Realism Supplies

This kit of supplies is available for purchase here, and can be shipped for a fee, or picked up at the Torpedo Factory Art Center at the school store. The kit includes the underlined items. Please indicate in the notes section of your order if you would like to pick up your kit, or if you need your kit mailed to you. Please contact us at store@theartleague.org if you would like to purchase a selection of items different than the kit.

Expressive Figure Drawing: Contemporary Realism, Susan O’Neill

NOTE:  If you have previous materials you can start there, no need to purchase all new.  We will discuss materials and paper during the first class and why certain choices may be useful. It is not necessary to have all the materials on this list, especially NOT the first day. Pace your introduction of new materials if you are not comfortable. This class will present suggested techniques to get you started with mixed-media work.  You will stumble on your own unique techniques and marks through the experimentation with the material discussed in class.

  • Drawing board 23” x 26” or larger depending on your paper of choice.
  • Newsprint paper 18” x 24” for warm-up gestures each week
  • Drawing paper – Any quality sturdy drawing paper.       You may want 4-9 sheets of paper depending on how you work.  Papers vary depending on your style/touch. Experimentation is encouraged.
  • Sheet of black paper: Canson Mi-Tientes or Stonehenge for week 5

General Paper suggestions:

  • 1. Canson Mi-Teintes paper – white, light grays such as “pearl gray.” 2-3 sheets, or off white. This is a heavier multi-purpose drawing paper. Make sure to use the side that is less rough.  This is my first choice of a good all-around drawing paper.
  • 2. Hanhemuehle Ingres paper—This is a nice drawing paper but does not work well with mixed-media materials and water.
  • 3.  Stonehenge Drawing Paper or Hot-pressed watercolor paper – best for mixed media work. (2-5 sheets -white)
  • 4. (optional) Strathmore 500 Series Charcoal Pad  – 18″ x 24″ Assorted Tints, 24 Sheets or single sheets.

  • Box of SOFT vine charcoal
    Generals Brand or Nitram brand charcoal sticks: (green or yellow box). You can also purchase various sizes of loose SOFT vine charcoal.
  • Medium & Hard & Soft compressed Charcoal pencils – Generals Charcoal pencils:  2-3 of both hard (HB), medium (2B), and soft (4B)
  • Compressed charcoal sticks
  • Black Conté crayons – 2 pack
  • Red Conte’ crayons – 2 pack
  • White charcoal – stick and pencil.  
  • Char-KOLE brand – 4 sticks 
  • Red chalk (pencils) –  Faber Castell  PITT Pastel Pencil #190 Venetian Red or #188 Sanguine AND / Or NuPastel chalks (sanguine or burnt sienna) or Conte Sanguine Pencils.
  • Water-Soluble graphite sticks – (Lyra Graphite Crayon  – 2B, 6B, or 9B)
  • Water-soluble charcoal (Derwent XL Charcoal Blocks OR Water-Soluble colored Charcoals by Art Graf Artist- set of 3 or 6)
  • Chamois (pronounced, Shammy)
  • Stump (Tortillion – twisted paper to blend charcoal)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Other Erasers:  Great for hatching and small details:  Tombow Mono Zero refillable eraser and/or General’s Factis Mechanical Eraser
  • Any 1-2” Hog Bristle brushes to blend charcoal (large inexpensive craft brushes or old worn house painting brushes) and smaller bristle brush. Can be any old bristle brushes.
  • Inexpensive watercolor brush, or a variety of brushes to apply water


The kit includes the underlined items.
Cost is $110.17 plus sales tax of $6.61 for a Total = $ 116.78
Please contact us at store@theartleague.org if you would like to purchase a selection of items different than the kit.