Sight-Size Cast Drawing Basic Materials List

Below is a summary of the equipment and materials you will need for the course. Further explanations are within the course itself.
If you have additional questions, please contact me here.

Studio Space

You will need some form of studio space. No, it does not need to be a fancy, purpose-built studio. While there are a number of requirements, you also have a number of options.

  1. Your space must be controlled. In other words, it should not be in a room that requires you to set up and take down each session.
  2. You also need to be able to control the lighting of the room, as well as that which illuminates your setup.
  3. Your space must be large enough that it enables you to view your setup from at least 6 feet (2 meters) away - more would be better!
*If you cannot stand or walk for long periods, contact me and we will discuss your options.

A Plaster Cast

You will need a cast (or substitute) from which to draw. My recommendation for your first drawing cast purchase is to buy a nose.*

  • David's Nose from The Caproni Collection is here.
  • David's Nose from Natural Pigments is here.
  • David's Nose from Felice Calchi is here.
*If you cannot acquire or afford a plaster cast, you can use off-white pottery.

Studio Equipment

Necessary studio equipment includes:

  • A stable easel, which is capable of holding your drawing board in a perfectly vertical orientation*
  • A still life stand*, chest high shelf, or chest high cabinet
  • A shadow box*
  • A drawing board*
*These can be store bought or created yourself.

Drawing Materials

The basic list of materials is below.

  • Numerous sticks of soft, medium, and hard charcoal (the Nitram brand is preferred)
  • At least 6 sheets of charcoal paper
  • A charcoal sanding block
  • A chamois
  • A kneaded eraser
  • Two plumb lines
  • A hand mirror
  • A mahl stick