Note: My supplies list is ever-changing, so what you see here only reflects what I am currently loving and experimenting with.
Sketchbooks and Paper
My favorite urban sketching sketchbook is the 9×12 inch Stillman & Birn wirebound Beta. I love the size, it lets me work freely. And I love that it’s hardbound so I don’t need to rest it on a surface to use it (I often draw and paint standing). The wirebinding lets me fold it in half if I need to; it also lets me ‘hang’ a wet page open to dry while working on the next page.
For smaller daily sketches and sketchjournaling pages, I use an Alpha book, also from Stillman & Birn.
This is the part of my kit that changes most often. Here’s what I currently have in my kit:
All colors are Daniel Smith unless otherwise noted.
Sepia, Indanthrone Blue, Winsor & Newton Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue Hue, Cobalt Blue, Phthalo green (blue shade) with a touch of trans. pyrrol orange, Jadeite Green, Lavender, New Gamboge, Sap green, Cobalt Teal Blue, Nickel Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Rose, Transparent Pyrrol Orange, Hansa Yellow medium (2), Monte Amiata Natural Sienna, Imperial Purple.
Here is what else is in my sketchbag just now.
General’s Sketch and Wash Pencil: watersoluble graphite, can be used dry too.
Exacto Knife, Blackwing Pencil,a pencil that’s dark but not too dark, and feels like butter on paper, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, Waterbrush (mostly used to create washes along with the brush pen), Sailor Bent Nib Pen, 55 degree angle nib (I just LOVE this pen, it gives great variable line with a little practice).
Titanium White Gouache, Art Graf graphite in a tin, Nalgene container for water, a spray bottle in case my paints dry out (you can see from the picture below, they rarely do), an assortment of brushes including a Rosemary & Co. 1/2 inch Sable blend dagger brush.
The ink is my fountain pens is usually waterproof (when dry). My two favorite black inks are De Atramentis Document Ink and Platinum Carbon Ink.