So many of you write in and ask what tools I work with, so I thought I’d post them here. My ‘studio’ lives in my bag, and is relatively compact:
- A Windsor and Newton Travel sketch kit. I use Artist Tubes (also Windsor and Newton) to refill the pans. 12 colors. I always wish I had more, but there is something nice about mixing my colors and not having a zillion pre-made shades that I use.
- 2 little bits of sea sponge jammed into the empty spaces in the box. Great for wiping brushes and little cleanups. Super absorbent.
- My most used brush is a Cotman series #6 brush. Sometimes I also use a #8 or #10 brush, and very rarely, a #4. I have a couple of fancier Kolinsky sable brushes and while they hold paint beautifully, the Cotmans hold up much better to my not-so-gentle handling.
- Extra water. Always. The ONLY problem with my travel kit is that the water bottle built into the kit is miserably small. Ideally, I’d love a compact container with 2 wells for water so I could switch to the less muddy water halfway through my piece. Any recommendations?
- Pencil. Derwent 4B. Sometimes a 6B. I usually work directly with pen, but every once in a while I will roughly sketch out a layout with the main perspective lines drawn in.
- Eraser. I love my white eraser. And somewhere in my sketch bag is always a dirty little balled up kneaded eraser.
- Sharpie Extra Fine Pen. Not Ultra Fine. That works completely differently and I MUCH prefer the Extra Fine one. I always have 4 or 5 of these with me.
- The one bit that’s missing here is my sketchbook. Currently I’m loving my Stillman & Birn Beta series books. I use the wirebound ones. But I’m toying with using the Zeta, which is a much smoother paper for super-quick sketches.