I'm David Brody, Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Washington in Seattle. I've created two video courses for The Great Courses—one on drawing, How to Draw, the other, on painting, The Complete Painter: Lessons from the Masters. This site is dedicated to the latter.

You may have noticed watching the lectures that it's difficult to tell what specific brand of any material or tool I'm using. Because of copyright law we had to tape over the brand names and logos on my brushes, paints and all the rest.

This site's meant to fill in the gaps and provide links to specific painting and drawing materials, books and other resources associated with the course as well as materials and tools I routinely use in my own studio, plus some others that may help direct you to a tool or material you're trying to find. I'd add, that in the end much having to do with materials boils down to personal preference.

This site has the following pages:

Basic Drawing Materials

This page covers most of the drawing materials discussed in the course.

Basic Painting Materials

This page covers most of the materials used up through Lecture 18: Degas, Hammershøi, and Other Projects.

More Painting Materials

This page covers materials discussed and used in the later lectures.

Books and More

These pages includes many of the texts discussed in the course and listed in the annotated bibliography supplemented with links to other useful materials.


There are links on this site to the following companies:

1000 bulbs, Ace Hardware, Amazon, The Art Treehouse, Crate & Barrel, Dick Blick, The Great Courses, Jerry's Artarama, Kremer Pigments, Natural Pigments, RGH, Soho Artists Materials, Vasari, Visiblebody, and Waveform Lighting

I have made purchases from all of the above. I buy most of my books from Amazon and most of my materials and supplies from either Amazon or Blick. Both offer convenience and a great range of options. But, there are many supplies and materials that neither stock, so I make use of a broader range of suppliers overall.

For the purposes of this site I have set up affiliate accounts with both Amazon and Blick. This means if you follow a link to either of their sites and make a purchase I'll receive a small commission. I hope these funds will help support this site and keep it up-to-date. I have no affiliate relationship with any of the other companies that I've linked to from this site.

The Complete Painter: Lessons from the Masters

David Brody, 2019, after Edward Hopper, Nighthawks (detail), 1942