Online Portrait Mastercourse: Monochrome Materials with Susannah Pal


Markmaking, gesture, expression with confidence and technique- Take a deep dive into materials in this great development course with London Drawing tutor Susannah Pal!

This course is a great chance to create expressive portraits directly from the model. You will explore a variety of mark making techniques using a range of materials; from pencil, charcoal to nib & ink drawing. You will start by studying artworks by a range of artists, learning techniques to build character and create expressive likeness and volume through mark-making and tonal values.

This is the perfect course if you want to experiment with techniques using simple materials to maximum effect. Plus it is a great accompaniment to our Life Drawing and Portrait live stream classes. With demonstrations and guided drawing sessions packed with tips and information with plenty of feedback- this is a brilliant opportunity to go really into detail with your drawing!

Recordings will be made available to everyone which can be watched and re-watched for two weeks after the class- so you can catch up if you miss sessions and recap if you need to go into more depth.

Online Wednesdays 8/ 15/ 22/ 29 November 2023
Materials not included

Materials list:

Essential materials:
– Paper
– A good eraser
– A couple of soft pencils (4B – 9B).
– Tissue (toilet roll is fine)
– A decent pencil sharpener
– Biro
– Fineliner (if not, a biro is okay)
– Black ink
– Brush
– Scissors to cut bits of rubber off.

You will get the most out of the course if you have the following:
– Hard pencil
– Fountain pen OR Dip pen (I will demonstrate with Nib and ink)
– Two jam jars or containers to water down the ink. Jam jar size.
– Masking tape
– Charcoal (if you don’t like charcoal you can use a pencil

Optional These are not essential for the course but they may be useful if you already have them.
– Any other pens you like to use. There will be time to experiment. eg. brush pens
– Embossing tool- you can use an old biro that no longer works or the end of a sewing pin.
– Electric eraser
– Putty rubber or blue-tack
– Mars Lumograph BLACK pencil. Not to be confused with the BLUE one. Use it where you want darker than a graphite pencil. It isn’t shiny like graphite. I use an 8B. Not essential but it’s nice to have in your kit!
– Faber-Castell Pitt Graphite Matt Pencil – similar to above but different brand. It goes darker than normal graphite.