Paper, materials and drawing techniques for your portrait

Each portrait has its own character. My drawing materials also have different properties. The handling of colors and paper can be very different depending on the manufacturer. In addition, each draws in its own way. Materials that I like can be totally inappropriate for others. On this page I give a little insight which artist materials I use and what I use them for.

My Pencils

Polychromos Zeichung Detail

Pencil Hardness

From my standard equipment, pencils of all degrees of hardness have become indispensable. Due to the hardness of the mine I can draw not only the tonal value but also the finest details. When portraits in pencil, it is important to represent all the tonal values ​​from very light to very dark in the drawing.

Luminance Zeichnung Detail

Mechanical Pencils

For very fine details, I use my Rotring Tikky mechanical pencils. These mechanical pencils are very high quality and have been with me for many years. The mines are available in different sizes from 0.35 mm to 1 mm. Also to rework contours I use mechanical pencils.

Prismacolor Premier Zeichnung Detail

Paper Stumps

To display different textures, I have a wide range of paper stumps, wipers, and paintbrushes. For lightening and erasing, a kneading eraser and a plastic eraser are used. Fine highlights, e.g. in hair I put with an eraser pencil.

My Pastel Colors

Tierportrait, Untermalung mit PanPastel


PanPastel are Pastel Colors in a pan. They have a high pigment density. PanPastel can be applied over a large area with a sponge and are particularly suitable for underpainting and the first layers.

Hundeportrait im Detail, gemalt mit CarbOthello

STABILO CarbOthello Pastel Pencils

CarbOthello pastel pencils convince with their excellent light fastness and color brilliance. The color is very soft and has a high luminosity and opacity. CarbOthello can also be treated with water.

Tierportrait Details gemalt mit PITT Pastellstiften

FABER-CASTELL Pitt-Pastel Pencils

Faber-Castell Pitt pastel pencils are slightly harder to paint with than CarbOthello. For this reason, I mainly use them for very fine details in fur or hair. The pastel pencils are highly pigmented, luminous and resistant.

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