2020 Workshop 1 Supplies

How to Draw Portraits

Instructor: Justin Mass
Starts: May 4, 2020


As the foundation of your artwork, paper is the natural place to start and plays a huge role in the success of your artwork. Always choose a quality paper, which will remain archival and allows multiple layers and reworking.

In this workshop series we will be working with 3 papers:

Strathmore 300 Series Bristol VellumStrathmore 400 Series Toned Tan SketchStrathmore 500 Series Bristol Vellum


The main tool for most drawings is a pencil.

In this workshop series we will be working primarily with:

  • Lyra graphite pencils, including: HB, B, 2B, 4B, 8B
  • Lyra white pastel pencil
  • Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Colored Pencils
  • We will talk briefly about other sketching pencils like charcoal and carbon


Other Items

While it is true that all one really needs for a drawing is a pencil and some paper, the following items will help make your job easier:

  • Erasers
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Tortillions or blending stumps
  • Painter’s tape
  • Desk lamp with 5000k daylight bulbs
  • Drawing board or easel to keep your work at a 30-50 degree angle