Elizabeth is offering two different options for her Pencils series classes 101,201 and 301. You can purchase the total series or the individual classes. For this particular listing you will be purchasing all three classes of this series for a savings in price by purchasing them together rather than separately.
Any task is better accomplished with a solid foundation. The basic Pencils Series includes 3 workshops, Pencils 101, 201, & 301. They are a succession of lessons designed to help you progress well in your drawing skills from line drawing to shading and even creative perspective. The first few lessons contain specific drawing exercises that may seem odd but are meant to change the way you see the same things that you have been looking at for years. This change of perception can happen quickly but not without intentional exercises. So we have to approach it in an unusual way. These drawing exercises have been proven to be effective in the test of time and with hundreds of my students. I encourage everyone to begin with the Pencils Series. Although you have the freedom to make your own choice, skipping the foundation lessons can lead to frustration if you try to do projects for which you are not ready, resulting in disappointment. Please give yourself the time to get established with some basic skills before jumping into the deeper water. The right-brained lessons really do bring quick progression in your skills and you will be so much more pleased in the long run. One of the wonderful things about the online format is that you can move along at your own pace. Sometimes you will run into a lesson that creates a bit more challenge for you and you need to just stop and sit there for a while. And sometimes life gets in the way and creates a slight detour for a few days. In a group class setting the group must move on whether you are ready for it or not. So, it is nice that here in our internet drawing world you can wait when you need to wait and soar when you are ready to soar.Here are the links to each class description:
Pencils 101 Pencils 201 Pencils 301
(for all three classes)
graphite drawing pencils in grades
B, 2B, 4B, & 8B
I use predominately Derwent Graphic pencils. Other
quality brands are
Sanford, Cretacolor, Faber-Castell, &
Prismacolor Turquoise. I would not
suggest using General’s Kimberly pencils.)
Paper Mate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick or Tombo Mono
General’s Factis Oval Eraser
This particular eraser is better than any others I
Paper Blending Stump
You can get a variety of sizes from very narrow
to quite large. I usually use only sizes 1/8”, 3/8”, and 7/16” size with the
7/16” being the one I use
the most often.
The packaging must say the word sketch rather than drawing. Drawing
paper is a completely different surface than we want
Bristol board smooth surface
Must say smooth surface.
There are many brands of papers and many grades of
Canson, and Bienfang
are reliable brands for the grade you will need for these classes. Cheap papers will not cooperate with your
pencil and you will
not be pleased with the results.
**After you reach a moderate level of efficiency, I
suggest you work out
your drawings on sketch paper then move them to the
bristol board for
your finished drawing.
Any quality pencil sharpener will do. Generally I
have not been pleased with
Bulldog brand sharpeners. I’ve always been pleased
with the Alvin brand sharpeners that I’ve used.
The Alvin Brass Bullet Sharpener is my favorite for
hand held. Refill blades are
also available which is a nice plus.
You can purchase a soft drafting brush. However, it
is not necessary to spend money on this item. A soft fluffy paint brush or
make up brush will work just fine.
Just be sure they are clean and soft.
One plastic sheet will cover your drawing to protect
from smudges while you draw.
One plastic sheet will be for your 1” graph. You
will need to print or draw this graph using the template I have provided in the pdf
for you or a permanent fine
point marker. These can also be
purchased. However, you will only use this
once in lesson 3.
You will need 1 sheet of graph paper with 1”
squares. I have given you a template that you may print in 8” x 10” size or you
may draw it yourself.
5” x 7” photo mat
1” view finder. You can make this for yourself by
taking a heavy paper and cutting it into a 3” square. Then cut a 1” square
hole in the middle. This tool
will be used in lesson 3 only.
Other supplies to
A hand held battery operated eraser can be a benefit
but is not required.
Battery or electric sharpeners are nice but not
required. They are not good for the softer colored pencils.
Circle and oval templates can be helpful but are not
Tiny circle templates are especially helpful for
These are helpful when a favorite pencil gets
(I have found the Derwent pencil extenders to be the
best quality and most versatile.)
This is a handy and inexpensive tool. However, if
you prefer, you may simply
cut small strips of sand paper.
A small tin or another container whose lid can be
secured. This serves as a
bin for your pencil shavings, saving you chronic
trips to the trash basket.
You will use this to double check your
A case or bag that will protect your pencils in
HaHaHa!!! Bet you never thought you'd find that on
your art supply list. But it
really does work. It must be the very cheap, very
thin, very "not soft" kind
HOW TO ACCESS YOUR CLASS - EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
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link to a page from which to download your class information. This page
contains the class name(s) and a link to download a PDF with the class
address, user name and password. This
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