Beginning Drawing with Jennifer Helner

Beginning Drawing with Jennifer Helner

Suggested Supplies:

  • Kneaded Eraser (large size)
  • Staedtler Mars White Plastic Eraser
  • Ebony pencils- buy only Ebony brand 
  • Charcoal Pencils
  • Vine Charcoal (medium)
  • Pencil sharpener 
  • Drawing Pencils: 6B, 5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, B, HB, F, H, 2H, 4H, and 6H -come in a set.  Jennifer likes the Dick Blick set.
  • Conté Crayons
  • Drawing pens- Jennifer likes Pigma Micron
  • Stumps –  Use them for smoothing and blending large areas of pastel or charcoal.
  • 1 Sketchbook-  for doing thumbnail sketches and simple design.
  • Drawing Paper Pad – Jennifer likes Dick Blick Mixed Media paper pad 14 x 17 or 18 x 24

Jennifer’s Favorites:

  • Stonehenge paper-  A flawless, white vellum surface makes this paper ideal for etching, screen printing, embossing, drawing and painting with pastels, pencil, charcoal, acrylics, and watercolor.  Stonehenge is a versatile and popular paper, machine made of 100% cotton rag, buffered and acid free. It has an excellent even, rather soft surface with slight tooth and a fine, even grain.  Stonehenge is an affordable paper with excellent archival qualities at a machine-made price. Now it is more practical than ever in these convenient pads. They’re perfect for traveling and onsite drawing.
  • Bee paper– This uniquely textured paper has a pebble-like surface that’s ideal for shading and blending. Use Stipple Paper with dry media such as soft pencil, crayons, charcoal, and pastels. It’s also excellent for detailed cartooning, sketching, and drawing.
  • Strathmore 300 Series Charcoal paper.
  • Arches Bright White Watercolor Paper– Arches papers aren’t just for watercolors. Use them also for drawing, calligraphy, gouache, printmaking, acrylics, and even digital printing. Manufactured from pure cotton fiber, they are so durable that they will remain beautiful and vibrant for centuries without conservation, if stored and handled properly.

Extra Items that help:

  • Alvin Non-Skid Stainless Steel Ruler
  • Alvin Triangles- Double-bevel inking edge, 30°-60° and 45°-90° triangles.
  • Prismacolor Colored Pencil Sets
  • Watercolor paint- Payne’s grey is a lot of fun to do washes with.
  • Aluminum T-Squares