Extras and optional

• Eraser: Plastic for graphite; putty erasers for charcoal and pastels to lighten and blend.

• Fixative Spray: Fixes charcoal and pastel drawings preventing the dust spreading and smudging the paper.

• Full-length mirror: Use to observe the balance of your body and poses; especially useful in the Oval and Triangle Technique chapter.

• Knife/scalpel: With break-off blades to release a sharp, new edge - cuts paper, card and mounting board, sharpens pencils.

• Masking tape and drawing board clips: Holds paper in place on the drawing board.

• Metre (36 inch) metal ruler: Use when cutting card or thick paper; a knife will not cut into the metal as it would plastic or wood. Use 300 mm (12 inch) for smaller work.

• Pinking scissors: To pink (make zigzag cut) edges of fabric and prevent it from fraying.

• Scissors: Paper and fabric - use cheaper scissors for paper - do not use fabric scissors to cut paper as it will blunt expensive blades.

• Sharpener: Some artists prefer a knife to sharpen a pencil.

• Stapler and staples:

• Adhesive/tape: Use to adhere paper and fabrics to presentations.

Fashion Fine Figure Fabric

Left to right:

Author at portable lightbox Pastel life drawing by Vera Tukuleva

Sketch by Aase Hopstock Storeheier - brush marker and graphite; note the use of line from fine to thick, clean and smudged

Left to right:

Author at portable lightbox Pastel life drawing by Vera Tukuleva

Sketch by Aase Hopstock Storeheier - brush marker and graphite; note the use of line from fine to thick, clean and smudged

• Spray adhesive: Use a good quality, it leaves no lumps like a stick glue could, adheres immediately on contact, use carefully (if you make a mistake it is very difficult to pull apart without tearing the artwork and backing paper), spray over large pieces of scrap paper or the over spray will get everywhere, expensive so suggest using on presentation work only.

• Adhesive sheets: Good even adhesion and without the fumes that accompany sprays.

• Paper glue, PVA glue: Use for paper, card and fabric; the cheapest is not always the best as it may not bond well, may not spread smoothly and therefore could ruin a presentation.

• Double sided tape: For securing fabric etc.

• Drawing board: I recommend using an angled drawing board. The benefits are:

• Essential for comfort - you are not hunched over your work and therefore you draw much better and freer.

• Conducive to sitting back to assess work.

Drawing boards range from:

• Portable board (off cut from timber merchant and sanded smooth).

• Portable plastic angled drawing board and mini lightbox combined (see photograph above).

• Boards with an adjustable, angled surface.

• Easels with or without a seat.

This completes the starter art kit.

extended art list

You may use this list to build up your art kit later and as your drawing skills develop. Note there are various new art and craft products continually coming onto the market.

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