Still a little high from the Design Workshop, I did something I've been wanting to do for eight years; I've signed up for Ronette Pickering's figure drawing course. She was a weaver, weaving teacher (?), and the head of the local Polytechnic's Visual Art school, but now she's retired and is a legendary figure drawing teacher, and also a consultant to the Refinery Art Space gallery.
So with the material list in hand, I went to Betts Stationary on Hardy Street, and asked Tony to help me gather the stuff. I am now have, in a little cardboard box:
2 x 4B and 2 x 6B pencils
1 graphite stick (the thin one with the black lacquer coating)
4 x thick vine (willow) charcoal
4 – 6 medium pit charcoal
2 x white, black and sepia conté
2 x black and 2 x white pastel
Eraser (pink or green ones from Betts cheapest and also best)
2 x large bulldog clips (the ones with the wire handles)
This graphite stick is nicer than the naked one I already had. I asked Tony what contés are, but I can't remember his answer, except French ones are creamier and German ones more powdery. I do remember the difference between the vine and pit charcoals; the former is more fibrous, the latter is soot bound with an agent, so is creamier. But you knew this already. yeah?
And though not on the list, I also put in the box one of Ben's old shirts and a small notebook.
The class starts at the start of May and runs for 10 weeks. I can't wait.