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Essential Figure Drawing Supplies

Part of the Figure Drawing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You don’t have to feel overwhelmed when you walk into the art supplies store to buy your figure drawing materials. Remember to buy the supplies based on your budget and needs. (You can always buy more!) Arm yourself with this list of the basic supplies you need for figure drawing in a studio:

  • Drawing pad (18 x 24 inches)

  • Tracing paper

  • Drawing pencils

  • Soft vine charcoal

  • Markers

  • Kneaded and plastic erasers

  • Pencil sharpeners

  • X-Acto blades

  • Sandpaper

  • Rulers (straight edge and triangle)

  • A composition grid

  • Artists tape

  • Spray fixative

  • Drafting lamp

  • Drawing table

  • Drafting chair

  • Side table

  • Archival boxes and folders

  • Egg timer

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