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A Beginner’s Guide to Drawing | Lesson 1: Introduction & Essential Materials with Chris Legaspi, Heather Lenefsky, Steve Huston

A Beginner’s Guide to Drawing | Lesson 1: Introduction & Essential Materials
New to Art? Get Started with the Beginner's Program! This first lesson of the program covers the essential tools that every artist needs

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The New Masters Academy Beginner Series helps aspiring artists start their artistic journey on the right foot. Your expert instructors will gently guide you to an understanding of drawing fundamentals. In this lesson, Chris Legaspi and Heather Lenefsky show you the essential materials to begin your drawing journey. Including pencils, pens, markers, erasers, and so much more! At the end of this lesson, you’ll be given an assignment to practice what you’ve learned.


  • Staedtler Graphite Pencil
  • Cretacolor Monolith Graphite Pencil
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Compressed Chrarcoal Sticks
  • Willow Charcoal
  • General’s Chracoal Pencil
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Wolff’s Carbon Pencil
  • Conté Charcoal Pencil
  • CarbOthello Pencil – Burnt Sienna
  • Prismacolor Verithin Colored Pencil – Black
  • Prismacolor Colored Pencil – Grey and Brown
  • Soft Pastel – Black
  • Smooth Newsprint Paper
  • Bond Paper
  • Tracing Paper
  • Canson Mi Teintes Toned Paper
  • Strathmore 500 Series Toned Charcoal Paper
  • Strathmore 500 Series Vellum Bristol
  • Rives BFK Paper
  • Canson Biggie Sketch Pad
  • Hard-bound Sketchbook
  • Spiral-bound Sketchbook
  • Post-it Notes
  • Clipboard
  • Watercolor Sketchbook
  • Strathmore Toned Sketchbook

Hardware and Software

  • Wacom Intuos Tablet
  • Wacom Cintiq 13HD
  • Apple iPad Pro
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Pro
  • Procreate
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